Noah Boykin (H.D. Woodson/Washington, D.C.) is the No. 1 corner in the D.C. area, and the top priority at his position for hometown Maryland. On Feb. 4, the Terps’ staff hosted the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Boykin for yet another visit, this time bringing Boykin up for the program’s first major prospect day this offseason.
“It was a pretty great experience. I’ve been up there before, so I’ve seen pretty much everything, but it was great being up there again,” said Boykin, who hold offers from UMD, Va Tech, BC, Kentucky, NC State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Syracuse, Pitt and Iowa State. “Just being greeted by the coaches, talking to them again, and them telling me how much of an impact I can have there, it was pretty great.
“I got to talk to Coach Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim] some more, and all the other coaches too. Just being around them was the best part. And just being up there with my teammates [Maryland targets Ed Hendrix, incent Flythe and Mychale Salahuddin], we had a nice time walking around and seeing everything up at Maryland again. It was great.”
Boykin, who the D.C. recruiter Abdul-Rahim offered Dec. 29, chatted up the Terps’ defensive backs coach. Like most of the up-and-coming DMV recruits, Boykin and Abdul-Rahim already had a tight rapport prior to Feb. 4. But during the most recent stay, Boykin also interacted with assistant Brawley Evans, headman DJ Durkin and defensive coordinator Andy Buh.
“I mainly talked to Coach Aazaar, who I have a great relationship with. Coach Aazaar is a great coach, and I feel like he can really develop me,” Boykin said. “And I like coach Brawley a lot too; I got to speak with him for a good minute. And Coach Buh did a good job explaining my role there, and it was good to meet him.”
The Woodson corner went on to say Durkin kept harping on the hometown movement that began in earnest last year. Of the Terps’ 28 2017 signees, 17 came from the DMV.
“The movement, and every local staying home, the coaches were all talking about that. They said how with the best programs, most of them have big classes of local talent who step in and make a big difference. And now Maryland, they just got a lot of the best players from the DMV, so it looks like they’re on the way up,” Boykin said. “And, of course, it’s great to see the players from my area staying home and shining at Maryland. It makes me more comfortable if I were to choose to stay home too.”
Which Boykin is seriously considering. He said the nearby university is firmly on his radar and among his foremost contenders.
“But I’m kind of trying to start my own movement coming out of D.C. Even though I mesh with the DMV-to-UMD thing, I’m exploring my options. I’m just getting a real feel for this process right now, and all the coaches who have brought me up tell me to let things play out and see what happens,” Boykin said. “But I always know I’ll have a good option [at Maryland], and I have a lot of respect for Maryland. The coaches there have definitely had an impact on me.”
Not just the coaches, but some individual recruits too. Boykin mentioned he’s good friends with 2017 UMD signee Deon Jones, who was on campus Feb. 4.
“Deon and I went to the Army Combine together in Texas and have a relationship from that. He was telling me, ‘I made the move [to UMD], every other local is making the move, and now you need to get on board,’” Boykin said. “So basically the 2017 guys at Maryland are trying to pave the way for the DMV guys in 2018, and I like that.”
Boykin went on to laud Maryland’s coming facility upgrades, which he’s eager to see when they’re completed in short order. But even before New Cole Field House is finished, Boykin plans to return to College Park, Md., soon.
Additionally, the D.C. safety will be hitting UVA with several teammates Feb. 15, followed by unscheduled forays through NC State, Penn State and maybe more. Boykin had previously taken in UNC, Pitt, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, UMD and PSU.
“The North Carolina schools kind of have my eye some, because my mother lives down there and I always want to support my mother,” Boykin said. “But right now I’m staying humble and taking my time with recruiting.”