East No. 5 CB Noah Boykin talks Oklahoma offer; UNC, NC State, Maryland, Syracuse among suitors

Washington (D.C.) Woodson cornerback Noah Boykin reacts to his Oklahoma offer, and discusses recent trips.

Oklahoma found success in recruiting Washington, D.C., in the 2016 class, and the Sooners joined a crowded stable of suitors in the running for 2018 cornerback Noah Boykin.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Boykin is a former teammate of Oklahoma's Parnell Motley and Abdul Adams, and following his offer, he is looking to visit.

However, there is already plenty of competition for Boykin, who will be at Syracuse on Saturday, Maryland on Thursday and made recent visits to North CarolinaNC State and Virginia Tech.

"At this point, I don't know (a decision timetable)," said Boykin, who plays at Woodson High. "I am trying to graduate early. I don't think (in-season official) visits will be a problem."


The Oklahoma offer caused Boykin to pause.

"What goes through my mind is I was able to play against Abdul Adams and play with him," he said. "We were able to play 7-on-7 together, and Parnell Motley, that is someone I really learned a lot from. I played with him two our of my (three) years of high school.

"It was a wild moment when I got the offer from (defensive backs) coach (Kerry) Cooks."

Having heard so much from Motley about Oklahoma, will Boykin make a visit?

"Of course. Definitely, " he said. "It's one of the top Big 12 schools. That Sooner tradition, I think everybody heard of it. I'm interested in it, and (interested) to learn more about coach (Bob) Stoops and the way the whole organization plays out."

Boykin is enjoying making visits, and his trip to North Carolina allowed him to experience the beauty of the campus.

"That is another school that is legendary in my eyes," Boykin said. "They have the basketball and they're trying to build their football program up to be like their basketball program. It was a wonderful experience being there with a lot of top recruits for a junior day.

"I've been there more than once, and it is a beautiful campus."

Boykin's trip to NC State stood out for a number of reasons.

"Every school has great facilities, but that is one of the things that stood out to me at NC State," Boykin said. "The defense is kind of underrated. They finish in the Top 25 every year in defense, and that's a good thing for me.

"I really like (defensive backs) coach (George) Barlow a lot as a coach. I have a good relationship with the coaching staff there."

Closer to home, Boykin is planning a return trip to Maryland next week, where he will connect again with the coaching staff and his recruiter, defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.

"It's home," Boykin said. "That's where your family can see you play. Sometimes growing up, people you admire or people you want to see your game don't have the chance."

Boykin added representing his home town so younger kids see him play is important, and is something he thinks about.

"There is the whole DMV movement," he said. "There is a lot of talent in the DMV area, especially in D.C., and there is a lot of talent in D.C. people don't know about."

Boykin will visit Syracuse this weekend, but he does not know much about the campus.

"I haven't been to a lot of places, so I am excited to see it," he said. "I went down to Clemson and a few schools down there, but I have not been too many places."

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