"It was really a great visit," said Boykin of his trip to Durham. "When I got there they took us into the meeting rooms and talked to us about where they are as a program and where they are going to be. They showed us around their football building, the locker rooms, and the campus. We also had a chance to tour the school - and go to the basketball game."
Recruited by assistant coach Glenn Spencer, Boykin has been identified as one of the top defensive back prospects in the class on the Blue Devil recruiting board. As such, he has already been offered a scholarship - his first, though more are certainly on the way.
"I've been hearing a lot from Auburn, Virginia Tech, and Ole Miss. As well as Georgia Tech and Georgia. I haven't had a chance to visit any of those yet, but I am going to Auburn during the first weekend in March, and then Virginia Tech later in the month. I am looking forward to those visits."
With so many traditional power programs on him early, what is it that has Duke among his early group leaders?
"For starters the academics at Duke are incredible. They have been really honest with me from the start. They told me that they struggled a lot, and they know it. But they have a lot of young players and it takes time to build a program. By bringing in players like me they can start taking big steps. The coaches have built the base, now they have to keep it going."
"When they showed me the depth chart, it really caught my attention. I could go into Duke and probably play as a true freshman. There would only be one or two guys ahead of me at that time. They are recruiting me to come in and be on the field early as either a cornerback or kick returner."
Brandon was accompanied by his parents on the trip, and while he's still evaluating a number of things he saw and heard, it would seem that the Blue Devils' presentation hit home with mom and dad.
"They were really, really happy with everything they saw. I think they are sold on the academic side of things. They also liked how Duke's coaches paid special attention to everyone. At some of these big schools, there are so many kids that you really don't get a chance to be one on one with the coaches. At Duke there were only 20 or 30 people there, so we got a chance to really get some attention and to have our questions answered. They liked that a lot."
Boykin plans to spend his summer hitting the combine and summer camp circuit hard. Some of his summer tour highlights include planned stops at Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, Duke, Notre Dame, and Auburn. After camps he will begin looking hard towards the decision making process.
"The most important things I am looking for in a school are academics, the relationship with the coaching staff, and a chance to play early. I have a dilema right now though because on one side of the equation you have some big schools with great traditions. Then, on the other side you've got Duke with the best academics and a program that is trying to build itself up. It's something to think about because after football is over you need to have something to fall back on, and a Duke graduate will have success no matter what. But, if I want to get to the next level after college, it is hard to turn down the bigger schools."