2015 and Beyond: Miles Boykin

Film reviews and position projections, both for 2015 and beyond, for incoming Irish wide receiver prospect, Miles Boykin.

After a season of film reviews for the new-look Irish defense and ever-evolving offense, O'Malley examines where each incoming pledge fits, both upon arrival and as his career unfolds.

Today's spotlight: wide receiver pledge Miles Boykin

Film Notes

At six-feet four inches, 212 pounds, Boykin arrives ready, able, and willing to block -- current Irish wide receivers entered the collegiate ranks only the latter. Enjoys, perhaps relishes blocking at the prep level, and Notre Dame's running backs and tunnel screen receivers will love to play with and benefit from Boykin…

Nifty feet though I'd be surprised if his listed 4.51 timed 40-yard dash ever presents in South Bend…Can be a chain-moving receiver with his frame and massive paws -- able to use his body as a shield and on film consistently caught the ball out in front of him…Possesses good body control and should be able to play with the same athleticism up to 225 pounds at Notre Dame (Boykin looks bigger/thicker than his listed 210-212 weight already).

Doesn't run away from anyone and doesn't appear that nifty after the catch, but good luck holding Boykin to less than four yards when he catches the ball with a foot or two of separation from the defender...He'll be a load and finishes with a lean north-south…High points the ball well, a necessary asset for all modern receivers but a prerequisite for one that's about 6'5" and not a burner…Crafty, both off the line and with the ball in the air and seems to have a quick "second and third step," if not that oft-referenced and coveted first-step, quick-twitch burst…

Should thrive as both a bubble screen blocker and pass catcher, the latter because if the first tackler is blocked, Boykin can eschew the second with his strength…Uses his hands well to beat press coverage, albeit poor press coverage as seen on film…Labors to run, but offsets that unfortunate trait with the ability to run through traffic and tackles without slowing...

Maurice Stovall, Duval Kamara, and Michael Floyd -- those are the most imposing, technically sound, and productive blockers of the post-option era in South Bend. (Plus tight end Tyler Eifert in 2012 when split wide, of course). Boykin should set his sights on joining that short list…Reminds me quite a bit of Kamara who I felt would be a strong college receiver on film exiting high school. (Remember, after losing focus as a sophomore and junior, Kamara then lost weight instead, and carved a niche for Kelly during the team's strong finish in 2010.)

Initial concerns after watching film: I'm not sure Boykin is fast enough to break free of press man coverage at the next level, but I'm certain he's plenty strong. It will come down to mastering his technique and learning from the best in the Irish program ahead of him…

I believe high school 40-yard-dash times are irrelevant, but if Boykin runs a 4.51 40, I'm Jeff Samardzija.

Key Takeaway Tracks the ball well and already understands how to use his body, both as a pass-catcher and (especially) downfield blocker. He'll bring toughness and a new dimension to the 2016-17-18 Irish offenses.

I see no reason to turn what will be an imposing blocker at wide receiver into a questionable blocker as a detached tight end.

Ideal Situation for Boykin in 2015: Barring a rash of injuries to the returning veterans, unless you're Michael Floyd or Randy Moss, you're not playing for the 2015 Fighting Irish as a wide receiver. (See below). Boykin can learn from the sidelines without burning eligibility, the latter not afforded to predecessors Justin Brent and Corey Holmes.

Upon Arrival

A look at eligibility among Notre Dame's wide receivers when Boykin hits campus prior to the 2015 season:

Potential 5th-year seniors Amir Carlisle and DaVaris Daniels: The return of Daniels would mean automatic redshirts for any freshmen pass-catching prospects.

Seniors Chris Brown and C.J. Prosise: Prosise is eligible through 2016 while Brown exhausts his next fall.

Juniors Will Fuller, Corey Robinson, and Torii Hunter, Jr.: Hunter is the only member of the trio with an extra season of eligibility.

Sophomores Justin Brent and Corey Holmes: Both burned eligibility without a reception this season though Brent emerged in November to start on both punt and kickoff return. Holmes sat out the final two games and might have been injured.

Incoming Freshmen: In addition to Boykin, four-star prospect C.J. Sanders (Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, CA) and three-star pledge Jalen Guyton (Allen High School, Allen TX).

Link to Boykin's Film

Link to Boykin's Scout Spotlight Page

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