RECRUITING: Basic star Boyd commits to UNLV

Basic football coach Jeff Cahill confirmed Thursday that standout wide receiver Devonte Boyd had orally committed to UNLV.

“He gave a verbal to them today,” Cahill said.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound Boyd had 66 catches for 1,081 yards and 18 touchdowns this fall.

“He’s just got that competitiveness, a good drive,” Cahill said. “He has all the intangibles of a good wide receiver. And his competitive nature will allow him to compete up there.”

Boyd also picked off eight passes as a defensive back, and often made tough catches in traffic when Basic had the ball.

“He’s just a ball hawk,” Cahill said. “He’s always around the ball.

“It’s a big advantage to have somebody like that that you can just throw it up to there and nine times out of 10 he’s going to come down with it.”

Boyd led the area in receiving yards, and was second in receptions. His 18 TD catches also were the best in the area.

“I think he’ll do great,” Cahill said. “I think it’s a great situation over at UNLV. The program’s up and coming over there, and they’ve got a quarterback that’s going to be there for a while and he should fit right in and help them out.”

Oral commitments are non-binding. The football signing period begins on Feb. 6.

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