Boykin: Hoops n' Scoops

Get the latest with 2015 receiver Miles Boykin, who is hitting the hardwood this spring. He discusses his two-sport schedule, recent visits, and more.

Usually Miles Boykin is known for what he does on the gridiron, but this spring he's hooping on the hardwood on the AAU circuit. Despite being a star on the football field, Boykin's basketball roots go way back.

"(Basketball) was the first sport I played," he said. "Overall it's probably my favorite sport because I've been playing it the longest, but I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things with it."

Boykin mostly plays basketball because he loves the sport, but he knows that there is added benefit from staying active during the offseason.

"In the offseason, a lot of guys lift but don't do as much running," he said, "and this keeps me running, so I think it helps."

On top of basketball, Boykin has still been getting after it in the gym. He has spent a lot of time working on agility drills and building chemistry with his teammates.

"I've been doing a lot of ladder work, going to camps, and running routes," he said. "I think it's important to get that practice in with my quarterback."

Boykin hopes that the improved chemistry will pay off this fall, as he aims to help his team compete for the top prize in November.

As a receiving corps, we have a lot of guys like Nate Vejovoda coming back and we should be pretty good," he said. "I'm just trying to help lead us to a state championship."

Boykin has held double-digit offers for some time now, and his three most recent come from three very successful programs.

"The latest offer was Michigan," he said. "Michigan, Ohio State, and Florida are my latest. Those put me up to 16 offers total. It's a blessing, but I want to take it one step at a time."

A busy spring kept Boykin from taking too many trips, but he was able to get out to two of the schools on his list.

"I only was able to get out to Michigan State and Ole Miss this spring," he said. "Both visits were awesome. They are both different places though. Going to the south was fun. I really liked Michigan State and I can't wait to get back up there again."

Boykin hasn't made any solid plans yet for any upcoming visits, however he does have one other school he wants to see again.

"I'm not sure what other visits I'll take this summer," Boykin said. "I want to get back down to Illinois, though."

The in-state recruits in the class of 2015 are much more tightly-knit than classes of years past. While Boykin hasn't narrowed anything down yet, he and many of the other in-state prospects are buzzing about the potential of staying home and playing together.

"The guys are excited," he said. "They're excited about what could possibly happen at Illinois. There's not one person I've talked to that isn't considering Illinois, so I think that's a good thing for the state."

Illinois coaches have done a great job of building relationships with the top players in the state so far, and Boykin's familiarity with the Illinois staff seems to be a level above.

"I probably have my best relationship with them compared to any other school," he said. "I've been talking to them since I got the offer non-stop."

Already knowing the coaches, players, and program fairly well from prior visits, Boykin's next trip to Illinois will be more about furthering relationships and growing his comfort level with the program.

"I'm not exactly sure if I'll be looking for anything new," he said. "I like being down there with the coaches and talking to some of the players. I just feel comfortable there. That's just what it comes to."

Michigan State has also done a great job of grabbing Boykin's attention, and after a recent visit, he had positive things to say about the Spartans.

"The coaching staff, that's probably my favorite thing about them," he said. "Coach Dantonio and his assistants are all pretty cool and I enjoyed talking to them when I was there."

Boykin made no secret of the fact that academics will be a significant factor in his recruitment. That along with a few other qualities will help him narrow choices down and eventually help him decide.

"Education and coaching staff," he said of his priorities. "I'm hoping to major in sports management. I think every school I'm looking at has decent or very good academics so coaching staff and my comfort level at the school will help determine things."

Boykin's parents are available for advice when he needs them, but he also has the intelligence and independence to take care of a lot of the day-to-day decision making when it comes to the recruiting process.

"Surprisingly my parents don't care which school I go to as long as that school takes care of me," he said. "I'm pretty hands on with my recruiting."

While his decision isn't expected any time soon, Boykin hopes to minimize the impact that recruiting has on his senior football season.

"I'm going to try to get it done before the season," he said, "but if not then I'll hopefully do it during. I don't want to drag it out."


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