Sleeper WR Has Solid Camp

While somewhat of an unknown, Jarrett Boykin was one of the campers the North Carolina coaching staff was watching the closest during their three-day team camp.

"Coach Thigpen texted me and told me to come up there [for the camp]," said Boykin. "He said that he heard about me and he's looking for big guys that can run. He said I fit the description and I can help the team out."

Boykin, a 6-foot-2 185-pound wide receiver from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, attended Saturday's morning session of the camp with teammate Mickey Brewer.

"I feel like I did well," said Boykin. "I showed them what I was capable of."

After working out with wide receiver coach Charlie Williams, Boykin was selected to work out with the other elite campers for offensive coordinator John Shoop.

"Coach Shoop called me over," said Boykin. "He gave the receivers some drills with different routes. He didn't say why he called me over, but he selected only a few receivers to run routes."

At the end of the practice session, Boykin spoke to Thigpen about his performance.

"He was just saying that he liked what he saw and he thinks I'm a big time player that hasn't been discovered yet," said Boykin. "He said anyone that gets me is getting a steal."

For much of his recruitment, Boykin has flown under the radar.

"I really started playing football in the tenth grade and I was on JV the whole year," said Boykin. "Then eleventh grade, I had a hamstring problem and I didn't really get into stride until the end of the year."

Boykin didn't miss any games last season, but his hamstring limited him in all but six games. Despite the limited play, Boykin still caught 22 passes for 476 yards and three touchdowns.

Boykin's hamstring is now at 100-percent and he's expected to be more of an integral part of Butler's offense this fall.

Before exiting Chapel Hill, Boykin and Brewer were taken on a tour of the campus by Steve Hagen.

"He was telling us about the school and he was saying how me and Mickey would be good for the school," said Boykin. "I loved everything I saw."

Following the camp, Boykin crowned UNC his new leader.

"Really my favorite schools would be Virginia Tech and [North] Carolina," said Boykin. "Carolina first and Virginia Tech second.

"I just like the way it is [at those schools]. I have a couple of players going [to those schools] and I want to go somewhere where I'll know somebody. And they both have good football programs."

UNC's lead for Boykin is strong enough that a verbal commitment would occur if a scholarship offer is extended.

"If Carolina came and offered, I would take it, because I really want to go to the school," said Boykin. "Ryan Houston goes up there and everybody says they're going to be good next year. When I went up there, I liked it. I like the direction they're heading in. I think they're going to be a good football team the next couple of years."

Other than camps with his team at Catawba and Presbyterian, Boykin has not unofficially visited any schools this summer outside of UNC.


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