For the 6-foot-4, 210 pound wide receiver from New Lenox (Providence Catholic), the winning and the offensive success is fun to see in person.
"It's great. This is my home state school," he said. "I love it at Illinois. The atmosphere is nice and the people are just great. It would be a great place to play."
By now the Bill Cubit Effect hasn't just swept the Ilini locker room and Illinois campus. His offense and personality is beginning to take hold with recruits like Boykin. Prior to the game Saturday, Cubit took Boykin and 2015 quarterback Jack Beneventi on the field during warm-ups.
"He said, 'this is where you could play at. You can have people coming out to watch you. Your mom can be at every game. Your dad can be at every game. Your family can be at your game, and all your friends can be at your game.' That's what he told me," Boykin said.
And then during the game Cubit showed Boykin how passing targets are treated in his offense. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase had five passing touchdowns in the first half.
"I mean, they throw the ball a lot. That's what I'm looking for," Boykin said. "I'm a receiver, I like catching the ball and running with the ball. That's what I want, an offense just like that."
And he'd like to have a talented quarterback with him. Beneventi could be that guy. The two have become good friends in recent months and rode together to Illinois for the Miami game.
"Me and Jack are just starting to get our relationship going," Boykin said. "He came to my house to pick me up and drive me all the way out here. Me and him are starting to get close. We want to play together. We don't know if it's going to happen but we want to play together."
Illinois is the prominent school of mutual interest for the two. Beneventi is also considering Notre Dame, Louisville, Iowa and others. Boykin has offers from Michigan State and Ole Miss and hears regularly from Ohio State.
From here, Boykin plans to visit the Buckeyes in late October and the Spartans in early November.
"We'll see how that works," he said.