Pos Rank: #22 WR
State Rank: #3
Scout 300: #172
6-4 | 220
New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic
His Recruiting Story:
Boykin was hearing from programs throughout his sophomore year, but it wasn't until he attended a Friday Night Lights camp at Illinois that he earned his first offer from the Illini. Once the season started, he would add more offers including Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Kentucky. Notre Dame would offer in March and Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin followed later in the spring. Boykin would continue playing 7 on 7 with his Core 6 squad all while taking visits and taking in prospective schools. After visiting Missouri, Indiana, Florida and Notre Dame for a fourth time in June, Boykin announced a commitment to the Fighting Irish on July 2nd.
"It's just a great school and atmosphere, and Coach (Mike) Denbrock have started to get close. He said at first I would start outside because of my size, but once I learned the offense, he would move me all over the place because he thinks I'm athletic enough."
Where We've Seen Him:
Illinois Friday Night Lights (2013), vs. Gordon Tech (2013), vs. East St. Louis (2013), B2G 7-on-7 (2014), NFTC Chicago (2014), IMG 7-on-7 (2014)
Boykin has prototypical size. He has long arms and will step onto a college campus as a freshman ready to compete from a physical standpoint. We have seen his continuous improvement over the last two years. This summer, he played with more confidence and really used his size to go up and attack the football at its highest point. He has good straight line speed (4.53) and can get deep, but is not as quick in short areas and after the catch, is more of a long strider than he is a kid who will make people miss and accelerate away from them. He's a willing blocker who gets physical and uses his size. Those same qualities make him difficult to jam and re-route at the line of scrimmage.
Many think Boykin may grow into a tight end. While we believe that is certainly possible, his improvement and timed speed lends us to believe he's a wide receiver first and foremost. The Fighting Irish have had good success with big-bodied receivers and Boykin fits that mold. We're interested to see how he does a senior, mostly because to-date, his on-field production has not met his physical gifts, partly because of the offense he plays in. That said, he was outstanding in summer camps and 7v7 and we believe he can be a highly productive player come college. How soon that production comes will depend on how soon he can pick up the offense and improve his route-running, because he will physically be ready to play off the bat.