2008 Intro: Jarrett Boykin

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Although a hamstring injury forced Jarrett Boykin to miss much of his junior season limiting his highlight clips and hurting his statistics, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver showed glimpses of excellence in limited action.

"Boykin is a guy that really came on strong right at the end of last year for us," said Newsome.

Boykin caught a couple of touchdown passes and even scored on a statue-of-liberty play during his reduced junior season.

This fall, Boykin will become a major weapon in Butler's high powered offense.

"He's a guy we're going to depend on next year to play more than one receiver position [and] he's going to end up playing both h-back positions," said Newsome. "He's a guy that we're going to move around to take advantage of his athletic ability and get him the football."

The injury has also hindered Boykin's college interest. Schools including Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech have expressed interest, but most coaching staffs want to get him into camp before offering a scholarship.

"I've talked to a couple coaches that have dropped by," said Boykin. "We talk about the camps that are coming up."

Boykin plans to attend a handful of one-day camps, but Virginia Tech is the only definite stop.

Speaking of Virginia Tech, the Hokies are recruiting Boykin the hardest and as a result have become his leader.

"I really like Virginia Tech, that's the school that has shown the most interest in me," said Boykin. "I like the school itself and it's close to home and the football program."

Boykin, who is considered somewhat of a sleeper prospect, basically came out of nowhere during his high school career.

"He's a guy that didn't play for us as a ninth grader so he was kind of a hidden talent," said Newsome. "So once we kind of saw his skills, he really popped out not only on the football field and on tape, but out at practice with everything he does.

"He's more of a true wide receiver as far as speed goes. He's got great size – he's well over 6-foot tall, he runs great routes, and has tremendous hands."

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