DE Jamone Boyd nearing a decision

Since the start of the 2011 season, ESPN 300 defensive end Jamone Boyd (Lee’s Summit Mo./Lee’s Summit West) has put on 20 pounds and is now at 255 with the help of extensive conditioning and the Lee’s Summit West weight program.

Boyd is looking to be a pass-rushing end in the right defense, and on Tuesday, the 6-foot-4, four-star powerhouse said he is inching closer to making a decision.

Schools such as Arkansas, Purdue, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska are among his top choices, but no program has been able to completely win him over. At least, not yet.

“I think I’m getting closer to my decision,” Boyd said, “but every other day, it’s a new team. Each day, it gets harder.”

Boyd, No. 183 in the ESPN 300, said he wants to have a decision finalized before the start of the first day of his senior season. Boyd is the top-ranked player in Missouri and the 14th-ranked defensive end nationally in the 2013 class. He’s received looks as an outside linebacker because of his 4.65-second speed in the 40-yard dash.

“I just want to make sure I fit in with the players wherever I go,” Boyd said. “If I can fit in with the group, I’m set to be successful.”

Despite having only three years of experience in organized football, Boyd helped Lee’s Summit West win a Missouri Class 5 state in 2010. Lee’s Summit West advanced to the state semifinals last season. Boyd is expected to be a defensive leader, alongside four-star linebacker and Missouri commit Nick Ramirez.