Kobe Boyce has lived in Corinth his entire life, but Lake Dallas football coach Michael Young just recently got to know him.
Boyce made a big impression on the football field last season for the Falcons after spending the first two years of his high school career at a small private school. His performance in Lake Dallas’ deep playoff run paid dividends when he committed to Texas on Sunday morning after a weekend visit to Austin.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2017 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.
“I feel like that was a huge reason why I got noticed was how deep we went and how I played in the playoffs,” the junior cornerback said. “I felt like coming to Lake Dallas put me more on the map, too, and then I just showed out.”
Boyce, a 6-0, 170-pound corner, participated in Nike’s The Opening in March and caught the attention of several large programs, garnering offers from the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Mississippi, Mississippi State, among others.
At the camp, he was clocked at a 4.49 40-yard dash, but he has run a 4.42 for his high school coaches recently.
Combine that with his height and ball skills, and Boyce is the type of cornerback that college coaches are craving nowadays.
“He’s got flat-out speed but playing corner he has great hips and can change direction,” Young said. “He’s really good at playing the ball and adjusting to the ball. That’s what’s so important for a corner. Flat-out speed is great, but his ability to change direction and move is what’s so good about him.”
What swayed Boyce to Texas was the idea of being a part of what he hopes will be a turnaround for the program. His freshman year at Texas would be Charlie Strong’s fourth season at Texas.
“I feel like there’s gonna be a turnaround,” he said. “I just feel like they’re gonna be really good the next few years, and I really want to be a part of that.”
Boyce attended Shelton School in Dallas as a freshman and sophomore before deciding to stay closer to home and attend Lake Dallas.
Young said he thinks Boyce’s change of scenery helped him get noticed more, especially with the Falcons’ run to the Class 5A Division II state semifinal in December. Boyce finished his junior season with 40 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups.
“These private schools tell kids they’ll get recruited more and get better coaching if they go with them, but I think it’s helped Kobe to leave private school and go to public school,” Young said. “I don’t think he’d have gotten this exposure [in private school]. I think this worked out pretty well for Kobe.”