“I didn't want to go out of state anywhere,” he said. “I like only being an hour-and-a-half from home. I can come home when I want. I like the atmosphere up there. It's a top Division I college.
“It's an honor to get to go there. I accepted the offer within a week of getting it. I'm real excited to get up there.”
Looking back, Boyd was happy to be a part of the legacy he and his teammates left behind at McAlester.
“My four years at McAlester, we hadn't even gotten a chance to play for a district championship,” he said. “Winning district was a big step for us, a big deal for the whole town.”
Since that first start as a freshman, Pratt saw Boyd grow into a complete football player.
“The difference in where he was before to where he is now is how much more mature he is,” Pratt said. “He understands the whole scheme of our offense and defense and how you've got to play hard every snap and never give up on it. He definitely did that this year and had a phenomenal senior year.”