This savvy class of 2018 recruit has a propensity for sniffing out plays with his eyes then smashing opponents for big tackles for loss. I’m certain this 305 native will be a leader under new defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer in 2020, put money on it. Without further ado, I proudly present our exclusive South Florida linebacker #𝗕𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆𝗕𝗼𝘆𝗹𝗲𝘀 Dwayne Boyles official highlights 2019. (Twitter: @Dreadhead_wayne // Instagram: @wayne.towers)
Boyles, like previous Bulls defensive standout Deatrick Nichols, is a product of 95th Street powerhouse Miami-Central High that made an impact as a true freshman. Boyles followed up his solid 2018 freshman debut by lurking from sideline to sideline for USF in 2019. Boyles racked up a team best 75 Tackles (48 solo), 12.5 TFL, 3.0 Sacks, two pass breakups, and a QB hurry in 2019 for the Bulls! Boyles shined when opportunity knocked as a freshman in 2018 and the made in Dade linebacker returns for 2020 as one of the most proven Bulls with 24 games under his belt, including 12 starts!
Boyles starred at both defensive end and linebacker for Roland Smith at Miami Central High School. As a senior in 2017, Boyles racked up 37 tackles, 12 sacks and an interception helping the Rockets to a 9-3 record and state regional semifinal birth. Boyles, an undeniably efficient and relentless edge rusher, amassed 23.5 sacks in his final two seasons. As a junior, Dwayne posted 56 total tackles, including 13 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks while also scoring a defensive touchdown.
Boyles was a consensus three star recruit rated 86.85 by 247 Sports, 74 by ESPN, a 5.6 by Rivals, and the No.41 outside linebacker recruit in Florida by Scout. Boyles held offers from Kentucky, UCF, Tulane, Colorado State, FIU, UMass, Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Fordham, and Jackson State amongst other suitors.
I chopped it up with Dwayne about his favorite spots in Tampa Bay, favorite memory to date, new head coach Jeff Scott & Co., and more in the below Q&A.
1. Favorite restaurant in Tampa? Favorite nightlife spot?
DB: “My favorite restaurant is Chipotle by far. I don’t really have a favorite nightlife spot. I don’t go out like that really but when I do, I enjoy going to the movies.”
2. Who is your roommate, best friend(s) on the team, and nickname?
DB: “My roommates are Trey Laing, Brian Norris, and Jayden Curry. I vibe with everyone on the team so I don’t really have a best friend. People call me Wayne, my family calls me different things but I can’t put that out there yet lol. My sister calls me Steve. You have to ask her why she calls me that.”
3. What is your favorite play from last season? Favorite memory so far from your time at USF?
DB: “My favorite play from last year is the sack against Temple. I love the way I jumped off the ball to get to the QB. My favorite collegiate play in my career was during my first collegiate game. I made a big hit that forced an interception. I was so hyped after that and I will never forget it. My favorite memory so far is beating BYU. I love the way my team ended the game.”
4. Fun fact no one really knows about you?
DB: “I got my first tattoo at 13 years old for my cousin who passed away.”
5. How was the first meeting with Coach Scott and other new coaches?
DB: “It was cool. Meeting the new coaches and seeing the way they operate will bring a brighter future for USF.”
6. Thing you are most excited about for 2020?
DB: “I’m super excited to play Texas at their home field. I know the energy is going to be there and it is great to open up a season in that type of atmosphere.”
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by Matthew Manuri
Publisher & Editor, SoFloBulls.com | @Mcknurkle