UNC Moving Up For Boykins

Kerry Boykins camped at North Carolina over the weekend to get a better view of the program as a whole.

"It went real good," said Boykins. "I'm thinking real highly of them now.

"The coaching staff is real cool and the school is real nice. And they said I have a shot at early playing time if I come down there and work real hard."

Boykins is thinking so highly that UNC has pulled even with former leader Maryland.

"Maryland and UNC, it's kind of a tie, right now," said Boykins. "Then it's UVa. That's kind of like my top three, right now."

Boykins, a 6-foot 200-pound wide receiver from Chesapeake (Va.) Smith, is looking to make a verbal commitment before the end of the summer. He has received scholarship offers from over ten schools including his three favorites.

During Saturday's camp, Boykins worked closely with both offensive coordinator John Shoop and wide receiver coach Charlie Williams.

"They both are really interested in me," said Boykins. "They were always getting me to hop up in front [of the line] to run routes. [They were] getting me with better quarterbacks. They were just keeping a good eye on me the whole time."

Boykins' biggest competition at wide receiver Saturday was his Smith teammate Todd Harrelson.

"Just like in high school, we both really compete against each other," said Boykins. "It keeps us both on our games."

In-between practice sessions, Butch Davis took Boykins and Harrelson into his office.

"He was just telling us about his past history and how seven members of their coaching staff were in the NFL at one point," said Boykins.

Since the beginning of spring, Boykins' contact with UNC has been steady.

"Coach Williams and Coach [Kenny] Browning text me about twice a week," said Boykins. "They just are checking to see how I'm doing."

As a junior, Boykins collected 35 receptions for 750 yards and seven touchdowns.

The remainder of Boykins' summer plans includes an unofficial trip to Virginia and Maryland's one-day camp.

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