Big 12, ACC, Big Ten among suitors for East No. 5 CB Noah Boykin

CLIFTON, Va. -- Noah Boykin, the No. 5 cornerback in the East, is looking heavily at schools from the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12.

Noah Boykin, the No. 5 cornerback in the East, is comfortable at Maryland, really enjoys Syracuse, talks plenty with NC State, wants to see more of Tennessee and Pittsburgh and views visiting Oklahoma as a must.

The long and rangy standout from Washington (D.C.) Woodson has a long offer list, but those are among the handful of schools that jumped into his mind when speaking about his recruitment at The Opening Regional at Centreville High.

"Some people to move fast, but I like to move on my own pace," Boykin said. "I don't want to rush it. That's what I learned over the years. If they want you, they will wait."

With that, Boykin has no leaders, nor a list of top schools.

What he has is an appreciation for the process, and a lot of schools recruiting him hard because 6-foot-2 cornerbacks are not easily found.

"I've got to make it to Pitt," he said. "I've got to make it to Tennessee and some SEC schools, and one really on my radar is Oklahoma. I've got to get there. Me and (teammate) Mychale (Salahuddin) will probably make the trip together."

Boykin was at Maryland's spring game Saturday, but visiting the nearby campus rarely offers something new because he knows so much about the Terps. His recruiter, defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, is one of the most connected coaches in the District of Columbia, and the two have a strong bond.

"It was great, and I've been up there a lot," Boykin said. "I was able to go up and see the game and see how Maryland is progressing. (Abdul-Rahim) makes me feel as comfortable as can be when I go there. He makes sure everything is good with me and everything is straight.

"Coach D.J. Durkin is one of the most real people I've ever met. He lets you know, straight up, what is going on and how it is."

Oklahoma offers a lot of intrigue because a pair of Boykins' former teammates, Parnell Motley and Abdul Adams, play for the Sooners. Add in the offenses of the Big 12, and Boykin is very interested.

"To be a defensive back in the Big 12, they pass the ball a lot," he said. " It's a great thing to play (against) that.

"And (assistant) coach Kerry Cooks, he's a great dude. He's just like coach Aazaar, a great DB coach. I have to get there and get his vibe, and get a feel for what he is looking for and see what he really thinks about me.

A few weeks back, Boykin and several teammates made a trip to Syracuse, and it struck a chord with Boykin.

"It's great up there," he said. "Every school I see, it honors me. Nobody from my family has ever been on a scholarship before. The (Carrier Dome) is crazy. You can imagine all the seats filled up and it is so loud in there."

Secondary coach Nick Monroe, like with Cooks and Abdul-Rahim, made a strong connection with Boykin.

"He's another real coach," Boykin said. "I love him to death. That's one of my favorite coaches, coach Monroe. I love it up there."

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