The talented 2015 wide receiver from New Lenox, Ill. (Providence Catholic) began the trip by watching practice.
"Watching practice was great," he said. "I'd love to see a practice during the season when it gets more intense. I really like what they're doing on offense, and I got to watch guys like Wes Lunt and Aaron Bailey throw some. The coaches talk highly of them, so that was good to see."
Bill Cubit is the 6-foot-5, 208-pound rising junior's primary recruiter, a good move given Boykin's opinion of the Illini offensive coordinator.
"He's great, just great," Boykin said. "I mean, he's very sincere, very honest. He's doing great things with the offense. I trust him 100 percent."
And of course Boykin paid close attention to first-year receivers coach Mike Bellamy. The two clicked at a recruiting camp in the summer shortly before Illinois offered.
"I'm really impressed with him," Boykin said of Bellamy. "I liked the way he coached. He pays attention to the little things, little details that will make you better."
After the practice, Boykin toured the campus, getting a chance, "to see everything," according to him.
He also spent some time in Coach Tim Beckman's office.
"He said that right now that I'm one of their highest rated recruits and they need me to stay in-state," Boykin said of their conversation.
Beckman didn't find success in his first season at Illinois, but Boykin says he sees progress. He said a guy like Bailey choosing the Illini meant a lot because, "that shows just how much he trusts where things are going."
Does Boykin agree with Bailey, that Illinois is trending in a positive way?
"100 percent they're going in the right direction," Boykin said. "Recruiting is going in the right direction. I've got a good feeling about the program. They're doing the right things."