WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Noah Boykin plans to chop his list of 27 scholarship offers to ten schools, just before the season. The 6-foot-1, 162-pound cornerback from H.D. Woodson High says North Carolina will "definitely" make the cut.
"It's definitely one of my top choices," Boykin said. "My mom lives there [and] I lived in North Carolina for a little part of my life, so I'm very familiar with the area. I like the school and the coaches. North Carolina is a great place to be."
Besides UNC, Boykin's scholarship offer list features Clemson, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Tennessee.
If permitted to graduate early by HD Woodson High, Boykin will make a commitment midway through the football season, graduate early, and enroll in college in January. If not, he may go a little further with his recruitment.
Boykin spent a couple of his elementary school years in Charlotte. Since his mother still resides in the Queen City, Boykin frequents NC to see her (he lives with his father in D.C.).
As a recruit, Boykin first visited UNC as part of a Perfect Performance bus tour in mid-March. He returned with teammate Mychale Salahuddin for a junior day, a couple of weeks later.
"I got to see the facilities," Boykin said. "All the facilities there are great -- and they're rebuilding right now so it's going to get even better."
Perfect Performance's bus tour allowed Boykin to see numerous other schools -- too many for him to recall. Some of the other stops were Clemson, NC State, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.
Boykin doesn't have any future recruiting trips planned, but he's eager to visit Oklahoma and Pittsburgh. He has former teammates signed or enrolled at both programs (Parnell Motley at Oklahoma and Jaylen Twyman at Pitt).
UNC assistant coaches Terry Joseph and John Papuchis have collaborated to recruit Boykin.
"They're making me feel real comfortable about North Carolina," Boykin said.
According to Boykin, Papuchis and Joseph project Boykin to play cornerback. They've compared him to senior cornerback M.J. Stewart, who also played high school ball in Metro D.C.
"They feel as though I'm a great fit with my body and my frame -- my body frame is real long," Boykin said. "They feel like I can come in make an impact."
For an 11-2 team, Boykin picked off seven passes and made roughly 50 tackles, as a junior cornerback. He also scored 10 total touchdowns and amassed 700 all-purpose yards while moonlighting at receiver.
Speaking of Stewart, Boykin doesn't personally know Stewart. But a few of Boykin's teammates played Pop Warner with Stewart.