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FOOTBALL: Detroit King 2016 cornerback Dontre Boyd earns first offer from Toledo

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL: Detroit King 2016 cornerback Dontre Boyd earns first offer from Toledo

Detroit King 2016 defensive back Dontre Boyd said he didn't even have plans on going to the University of Toledo's camp last night. Good thing he did, because the Rockets offered him his first Division I offer because of his performance.

"I really wasn't even going to attend the camp until I got on Twitter, and saw that my boy Lavert Hill got another offer," he said. "So I went out there and gave it my all, and it paid off. 

Boyd obviously had a great camp, because head coach Matt Campbell extended the offer himself. A lot of Boyd'd former little league teammates, and current high school teammates all have offers,  so to finally get his was a big relief.

"I did great at the camp, and gave up zero catches, and had a few interceptions," Boyd said. "After the camp, the head coach and I talked one-on-one, and  he told me I had just earned myself a scholarship.

"This means a lot too. I have my head screwed on straight now that I have that out the way, so I'm just focused on winning a state championship."

Cincinnati, Northern Illinois, Pittsburgh West Virginia, and Michigan State have also expressed interest in Boyd, so his recruitment could pick up from here. The 5-10, 165-pounder was a starter last year got King as a sophomore, and  will be one of the key components in the  defensive backfield this season, now that former standouts Avonte Maddox (Pittsburgh) and Jalen Embry (Iowa) are both gone. 

I learned a lot from the both of them last season," said Boyd. "Avonte taught me to never back down from anyone, no matter the size, speed, or rankings. You always have to play to win, and Jalen helped me become more aggressive.

"Jesse Johnson and I are going to hold it down though now."

King will have one of the best defenses in the state, with Boyd, Johnson, linebacker Tyriq Thompson, defensive end Caldin Rogers, and even Kyonta Stallworth, if he decides to play both ways. This isn't just a big year for Boyd, but for the program as a whole.

Anything less than a state title would be considered failure from this point on," he said.