Something for the Shoebox

After a couple of 2-8 seasons in a row, Brandon Boykin says he's ready to take his team to the playoffs.

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"I have been working getting ready next season," said the Georgia commit. The Fayette County star plays quarterback and cornerback for the Tigers, and is expecting a lot of himself and his team this season.

"I know that I am the leader of the team," Boykin said. "If we are losing I know that everyone is going to look for me to make a big play. We have a couple of new playmakers that some people don't know about, but I expect to have the ball in my hands when the big play is needed."

Boykin is the playmaker for the Tigers. He's been their signal caller since his sophomore season when he said he was "scared" to be back there. That has all changed, however, and he hopes his maturation will help the Tigers go to the playoffs – a place they have not entered in some time.

"This is supposed to be our big year," he said. "We have a lot of returning players, so everyone is expecting us to get to the playoffs. I think our coaches are preparing us a lot more than they did last year. We are supposed to be the team to beat."

Boykin's focus on Fayette County has taken him away from the recruiting world, which is what he wanted after committing to the Bulldogs in the spring. He said he's formed a solid bond with Willie Martinez, and that he feels more and more like a Dawg as time goes on.

"I have grown pretty close to Coach Martinez," Boykin admitted. "I already knew that Coach Richt was a pretty good coach, but when I met him I knew that I had made the right decision. Also, all of us that are committed talk on a regular basis and that makes us closer, too."

The connection he has with the Georgia program has not prevented other schools from trying to keep in touch with the talented cornerback – he just doesn't take it seriously.

"I still getting mail from some schools," he said. "South Carolina texts me all of the time. I keep getting mail from Tennessee and Texas, but I throw it in my shoe box for my scrapbook. It's pretty much just junk mail."

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