Originally a member of Louisville's 2016 recruiting class and now a defensive end at Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mike Boykin has decided to stick with his initial plan. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound defensive announced his intentions with Cardinal Authority on Friday afternoon.
"I've decided to come back to Louisville," he said. "They've shown me the most loyalty during all this. I'm pretty excited about it."
In addition to maintaining a strong relationship with Boykin, the new pledge also believes that U of L also provides a solid path to the NFL.
"I've got a good chance to get to the league and all that good stuff and I believe they'll get me there," he said.
Boykin was a highly-sought after prospect as a senior at Carrolton (Ga.) High School, where he collected 47 scholarship offers before committing to the Cardinals over Auburn.
A three-star high school prospect, Boykin was among the top 100 ast his position and earned All-State honors.
He's protected to fill a defensive end spot for Louisville.
"I can do a bit of everything," he said, adding that he "enjoys" creating havoc.
Boykin continued to draw interest from many of those that pursued him out of high school.
"Just about everybody," he said.
UofL defensive line coach L.D. Scott served as the primary recruiter.
"We have a great relationship," he said. "He's a great coach obviously and we always kept in touch. We talk all the time."
Now that his path once again includes Louisville, Boykin is looking forward to getting back to work and prepping to fill the expectations that surround him.
"I feel like a have a whole lot to prove," he said. "I feel wonderful that I'll be doing it at Louisville."