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FOOTBALL: Dontre Boyd Looks To Be Next In Line

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL: Dontre Boyd Looks To Be Next In Line

You may not have heard of him just yet, but you will eventually.

I am referring to Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King 2016 prospect Dontre Boyd. Boyd is a 5-9, 150-pound cornerback and wide receiver who is already showing promise on varsity as a starter.

"Everything is going good for me offensively & defensively," he said. "I like the competitiveness so far. There's a lot of improvement needed, there's always room for that."

Boyd said he chose Detroit King over other schools because of it's winning tradition on the football field, the coaching staff, and he also plans to play basketball for the Crusaders.

"I play two sports, and I did see myself playing basketball in college but now my mind is made up," Boyd said. "I'm going to play football in college."

"For a cornerback I have the perfect height & will have the perfect size when im done developing," Boyd added. "I have quick feet & good speed to help me cover good recievers."

To go along with what he brings to the field physically, Boyd also has the advantage of learning from two Division 1 defensive backs in teammates Avonte Maddox (Pittsburgh) and Jalen Embry. Maddox and Embry both hold multiple scholarship offers, and are some of the best overall players in the state.

"My two older guys are great defensive backs," Boyd said of Maddox and Embry. "I'm learning alot from them both physically, and mentally." "It's a big advantage if you actually listen to them. With me starting alongside them, it gives me an opportunity to be myself and learn, because they'll have my back if I slip."

Maddox and Embry are both seniors, so Boyd, along with  2015 LB Tyriq Thompson, and 2017 athlete Martinez Calloway and some others are the future of the Detroit King football program.

"I am more than ready to takeover when they leave," Boyd said. "I've been preparing myself well, and I'm already starting to help lead my 2015 and 2016 teammates."

Boyd says Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia have begun to show interest in him, and he has taken visits to all three schools over the summer. He also would like to hear from his dream school Ohio State, and also Michigan and LSU. But at this stage of his career, he is interested in whoever is interested in him.

"My first college visit was to Pittsburgh, and that went okay," he said. "We went to their camp, and that's when they offered Avonte (Maddox), and showed interest in me. We took a tour around the school n visited Hines Field, so it was an overall great experience."

Detroit King is off to a great start in 2013, with a perfect 4-0 record, as they look to defend their Detroit PSL title. Boyd himself has played well at cornerback, often covering the team's best receiver, and has recorded a touchdown, and an interception on the season.

He might remind you a little bit of teammate Avonte Maddox, with their similar stature, and athletic ability. He'll need to continue to grow, but he has the recipe it takes to succeed in hish school and at the next level.

"When my coach Patrick first saw me play, he said I would be the best cornerback in the state my senior year," Boyd said. "He said if I work hard, I could be better than Avonte (Maddox) if I'm not "wildcating".