The Terps staff handed out a pair of offers to local 2018 recruits Dec. 29, receiver Ed Hendrix and safety Noah Boykin, who both attend H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.). The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Boykin is a fast-rising defensive back who is gaining steam after a standout junior campaign.
Boykin, who plays both ways for Woodson, averaged three tackles per game and ended up with four picks as a corner, while he hauled in nine touchdown passes as a wideout.
His play initially gained him offers from Syracuse, Pitt, Iowa State and Toledo, and Maryland joined the fray Dec. 29.
“Man, that was huge. That was one I was waiting for,” Boykin said. “Being from D.C, it’s so close to me, and I like that. It’s a big school and it’s a good option. I was really happy to get that offer.”
Boykin has been in College Park, Md., about four times during the last couple years. He didn’t have a chance to attend a game during the fall, but he went to a couple summer camps and prospect visit days.
“I’ve been up to meet the coaches, been in locker room and put on a jersey -- things like that,” Boykin said. “Then I toured the school, and I thought it was really nice. I like all the new facilities they’re building there – those are going to be great and put Maryland on the map.
“And the camp I went to, it was a good camp -- real organized and I liked working with Coach Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim]. He’s a great coach, and he’s taught a lot of great defensive backs. So it was big getting to work with him and meet him.”
Abdul-Rahim, of course, was the one who presented Boykin with his offer. The Terps’ secondary coach, who coached in Washington, D.C. prior to the college ranks, is the area recruiter and has known many of the prospects around there for years.
“I’ve known Coach Aazaar for awhile and he’s like an inspiration. It’s like talking to someone I know and am really close to,” Boykin said. “We’re from the same city, and he relates to kids from here very well. Coach Aazaar is my guy.”
Abdul-Rahim, like the rest of Maryland’s coaches, has been preaching the DMV movement. The Terps are attempting to land as many of the area’s elite recruits as possible, pitching the idea of showing out at the local college and helping build it into a winner on a foundation of homegrown prospects.
“The DMV movement is a great thing in my eyes. The area as a whole has so much talent, and I feel as though if we did all go to Maryland, we could really build that school up,” Boykin said. “It can really show people who aren’t from here how good the talent is here and what we can do if we all come together.”
Although Boykin wasn’t able to check out Maryland Stadium this year, he did watch the Terps on TV. He said despite the rash of losses in the latter half of the season, he believes UMD is on the come-up.
“Maryland really caught my eye watching their games. Even though they didn’t finish strong, you can see the young talent there and how they respond to the coaches. It would be great to come in and help the hometown team out,” Boykin said.
In addition to UMD, Boykin and his team were able to see Pitt, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State and various other colleges on a bus tour. The Panthers have an offer out, while the Wolverines’, Nittany Lions’ and Buckeyes’ staffs are keeping tabs.
“It was a good experience. Ohio State and Michigan were great. I liked the tradition at Michigan and the stadium is amazing. And Ohio State, it was the same thing. I loved the facilities there and it’s also a great tradition there. Same with Penn State too,” said Boykin, who is also hearing from Wake Forest, Michigan State, Va Tech and UVA. “And Pitt, I’m not too familiar with the area around Pitt, but I liked it there and it’s a good program. It was a good offer to get.“
Boykin isn’t sure where he’s heading this offseason, but he wants to check out a few SEC programs like Ole Miss, TAMU, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. He said he and Ed Hendrix typically travel together since both of them have many of the same offers and are interested in similar locales.
The Woodson safety also mentioned he doesn’t really have a dream school and will evaluate all his options equally.
“It’s going to be a process for me, just getting out and looking at all these schools,” Boykin said. “We’ll see who comes in and who pushes for me.”