There aren't many Colorado football players that have taken pride in their home state quite like Phillip Lindsay.

A Denver native who recently completed his CU career, Lindsay is never shy in expressing his love for Colorado.

"He made me love it when I was talking to him," former Texas A&M running back Rakeem Boyd said.

Lindsay, who finished second on CU's career rushing list, is now preparing for the NFL, while the Buffaloes are trying to replace him.

Boyd could wind up being the man for the job.

Currently at Independence (Kan.) Community College, Boyd is going through the recruiting process as he seeks a new team for this fall and for the final three seasons of college career. He's planning to sign with a new school when the signing period opens Feb. 7.

"At this point I'm really just kind of letting everything fall in place," Boyd said. "Colorado is a great school."

A 2016 graduate of Strafford High School in Houston, Boyd took an official visit to CU nearly two years ago. Coming out of high school, he had CU, Arkansas and Texas A&M in his final three before choosing to sign with the Aggies.

Boyd redshirted at A&M in 2016, but had some academic issues and left the school last summer to play at Independence. This past season, he rushed for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games, posting 6.3 yards per carry.

CU kept its eye on Boyd throughout the year and in mid December, running backs coach Darian Hagan visited Boyd's home in Houston and gave him a scholarship offer.


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"I think they came around the second time to show me they were still loyal and wanting me," Boyd said. "It was kind of a big deal, a big surprise to me, really."

On Sunday, Arkansas gave him a scholarship offer, as well. Boyd plans to visit Arkansas on Jan. 19 and said he will visit CU the next weekend.

"I'm just trying to see which coach is loyal," Boyd said, referring to the coaching carousel that has head and assistant coaches all around the country changing jobs. "They're all around right now; they're hopping school to school. Little bunny rabbits right now."

In renewing his interest in CU, Boyd made sure to talk with Lindsay, who became the first player in CU history with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

"He just told me to take it slow and it's a great place up there at Colorado," Boyd said. "We had a great talk."

The first order of business for Boyd is make sure he's in good standing academically, but believes that will work out.

"I think I'll be pretty good (academically)," he said. "I'll be out in May and it'll be good. At A&M, I was young and I was out there like a chicken with his head chopped off, just running around. I had to get better at what I do, manage my time and manage stuff like that."

Boyd said spending a school year at Independence has been a wake-up call for him and made him more determined and focused for his future.

"It's making me better that I get a second time around at it," he said. "Hopefully it's a lot smoother than it was the first time."

When it comes to football, Boyd has no concerns. He's a powerful, 6-foot, 200-pound back that could potentially start at a number of schools, including CU.

"I'm not worried about competition," he said. "I was confident at A&M; I was doing good there. It's never been a football (issue).

"I feel like if they give me the ball, we're going to win. I know if I do go (to CU), I have big shoes to fill and I'll have a lot of people looking up to me wanting me to do great things and be another Phillip Lindsay."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33