Signing a National Letter of Intent to play college football on the highest level is a big deal. From the hours spent practicing in the summer heat during two-a-days to the hours logged in the film room, being recruited and offered a chance to play for a D-I school is a big deal.
Clearly, Mesquite Horn (Texas) High School's Kyle Boyd didn't take the decision lightly. After verbally committing to Iowa State, Boyd turned around in January and gave a verbal to Baylor, which is where he signed in February, all but sealing his decision to be in Waco, Texas, next fall for the start of his freshman year.
But along the way, Boyd had a change of heart that resulted in informing Baylor that he wouldn't be honoring his National Letter of Intent at this time, because he had instead decided to join a team that was closer to his heart: the Marines. As the Dallas Morning News reported, Boyd's decision to leave Baylor for the military was a difficult one; the Mesquite Horn linebacker has a history of family members serving our country.
"It is totally Kyle's decision, something that he's been thinking about for a long time," Horn coach Rodney Webb told the Dallas Morning News.
As Rivals' Baylor site, SicEmSports.com said, head coach Art Briles wished Boyd nothing but the best in his decision. "America is in good hands,'' Briles told SicEmSports. "It's hard to fight the USA. We can fight other universities for other players. He's a great young man.''
The best part of this story is that Boyd might still be able to return and play football for Baylor after his time in the service -- assuming that's something he wants to do. Per SicEmSports, Baylor hasn't released Boyd from his National Letter of Intent, and Boyd hasn't asked for a release, as well.
That means he could, theoretically, come back, play football, and graduate from Baylor. Service to your country is a calling that far outweighs playing football in college. But it's good to know if Boyd does come back and wants to play football, he'll have a place in Waco.
- National Letter of Intent