U-M Courting Boykin to be Funchess 2.0

At 6-4 210 lbs., New Lenox (Ill.) WR Miles Boykin is an imposing pass catcher that can jump over the smaller defensive backs he frequently faces. He poses on the high school level the type of mismatch issues that Devin Funchess poses in the collegiate ranks. That's why Michigan opted yesterday to join his offer party.

When Miles Boykin left Michigan’s spring game without an offer earlier this month he wasn’t as discouraged as some may have speculated.  That’s because he seemed to know something that others didn’t.  He sensed that a scholarship from the Maize & Blue was right around the corner.

“I was kind of expecting it,” Boykin said after receiving it Tuesday.  “They had been recruiting me for a while… hard for the past two weeks… ever since I went up there.  When they came to school (Tuesday) we just ran a few routes and then later when we talked on the phone he had told me that they were going to offer me.  He just wanted to talk to Coach Nussmeier before everything went down.”

The “he” in question was Michigan assistant Curt Mallory, and “he” received the go-ahead to extend the invitation to Wolverine family.  Despite its status as the new kid on the block, Michigan has definitely made its presence felt.

“They just started turning up the heat, but I’ve been talking to Coach Mallory for a while,” Boykin said. “He’s awesome.  He’s never told me anything that I wouldn’t want to hear.  He is just very honest with you and tells you everything that you need to know.”

One of the things they’ve talked about the most is the role the Wolverines envision him playing if he chooses to don the winged helmet.  It’s one that he saw first-hand during Michigan’s spring game.

“They compare me to Devin Funchess a lot,” Boykin said.  “I think it is a great role for me.  They said they are only taking one receiver this year.  That’s really cool that I could be that one receiver in that class.  It would be an honor.  There is still a lot that I need to find out about the university that hopefully that I find out on my next visit.  On my first visit I didn’t get to see too much of the campus. I just saw most of the facilities.  From what I saw of the facilities, I really liked them.  The coaches that I met, I really liked them too.”

“I’m not sure (when the return visit will take place).  Hopefully, maybe in May, but I’m not sure yet. “

That second trip will afford Michigan a chance to move up on a list that Boykin insists is still wide open.  For now, though, the only distinctions he will draw are for the schools he says courting him the hardest.

“I would say now Michigan, Illinois, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Notre Dame.”

“(The final decision will come down to) First education and then coaching staff.  Location doesn’t really matter too much to me.”


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