Some fans of Western Kentucky University basketball believed the addition of assistant coach Ray Harper to the Hilltoppers' staff would pay instant recruiting dividends.
On Friday, he didn't disappoint.
Terrence Boyd, a 6-5 forward from San Diego, confirmed Friday night via telephone he has cast his lot with the Hilltoppers.
The commitment was first reported by Scout.com and InsideHilltopperSports.com.
"After I talked to coach Harper face-to-face, I knew we had the same qualities," said Boyd. "When I met (WKU head coach Ken) McDonald, it was the same thing.
"I knew I was getting involved with the right people."
Boyd said Harper's ties to Oklahoma City were the starting point for WKU's recruitment. Boyd played AAU basketball for Athletes First, an organization in Oklahoma City, during the time Harper was the head coach at NAIA Oklahoma City University. Boyd said Harper's relationship with Athletes First coach Gary Vick helped start communication with WKU.
And Boyd said that communication was very positive - especially during his visit to WKU for the Hilltoppers' game with Florida International.
"When I came to WKU, we went out to eat - that's all about getting to know each other," Boyd said. "Coach McDonald told me a lot about getting to the next level from when he was at Texas. I know he can lead me into the right direction - I knew I was hanging out with two wise people."
College coaches can't comment on a recruit's status until the recruit signs a national letter-of-intent.
Rivals.com rates Boyd as a four-star athlete and ranks him 50th overall in the class of 2009 (ninth among small forwards), while he's 54th in the ESPNU100 (14th among shooting guards) and Scout.com has him listed as a four-star recruit, ranking him 82nd best overall (18th among small forwards).
He said he chose WKU over Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Oregon State.
"I definitely could be a go-to guy," Boyd asserted. "I think I could be a go-to guy because I like having the pressure on me - I'm a clutch player."
Basketball scouts don't disagree.
A January 2009 evaluation of Boyd's play by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. called him "a strong and athletic wing guard" and "a beast in transition where his strength and athleticism are unstoppable." That service gave him an overall grade of 92, which according to the service means Boyd is a "rare prospect" and "has all the skills to take over a game and could be an impact player as a true freshman."
Boyd's commitment doesn't come without some issues, however - he hasn't played high school basketball since his sophomore season because of transfer problems.
Boyd played as a freshman at Norman (Okla.) High School, then at nationally-renowned Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. as a sophomore. He attempted to return to Norman for his junior season, but was ruled ineligible and was also ruled ineligible this year at San Diego (Calif.) High School.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Boyd was ruled ineligible in Oklahoma because of "improper monetary benefits from a third party" he received while at Oak Hill and was ruled ineligible in San Diego because an associate of San Diego coach Kenny Roy allegedly helped provide Boyd's mother with rent and a security deposit to live in a condominium in downtown San Diego. Boyd was unsuccessful in multiple appeals to play in San Diego.
Boyd called his efforts to play high school basketball "a headache" and said he "felt like I was getting persecuted for the wrong reasons, because I was a star athlete and because people were jealous of who I was." But he also admitted he'd change some of his decisions if he had the opportunity.
"I probably wouldn't have come out to California, I would've just stayed home in Oklahoma," said Boyd. "Instead of listening to a lot of people, I should've stuck to myself and just done my own thing. Instead of listening to a third party and always having someone else tell me what I should do, it would've been just me and my mom."
Boyd's also been saddled with whispers he might not qualify academically - but he said that won't be a problem.
"A lot of people try to down me because they don't know my situation... I'm going to graduate in 2009 - and when WKU is on ESPN, you won't see me just on the bench in street clothes. You'll see me out there in that number 25 jersey."
With his college recruitment done and his attempts to play high school basketball exhausted, Boyd said he's excited to relax before enrolling at WKU.
"I can just smile and go to sleep at night," Boyd said. "I don't have to worry if a coach is gonna call or is going to stay true to his word - I know I'm dealing with the right people."
Boyd is the fifth player in WKU's 2009 class. Vestavia Hills (Ala.) forward Jordan Swing, Orlando (Fla.) forward William Green and Argyle (Texas) guard Caden Dickerson signed their letters-of-intent in the fall while Newark (N.J.) forward David Laury committed this winter.