NSD Q&A: Miles Boykin

Miles Boykin remembers what it felt like to score a Notre Dame offer and what it felt like to be told he’s a future tight end. The Irish signee looked back at his recruitment as he officially ended it on National Signing Day.

Jake Brown: As you look back on the process, what where the best parts for you?

Miles Boykin: Definitely the best part of being recruited is the treatment you got from everybody that you went to. They treated you like you were the man. It was pretty fun.

JB: When did you first realize you were gonna be that kind of guy?

MB: I would probably say after my junior season. That’s when I started to get the bigger offers.

JB: What do you remember about Notre Dame coming in with an offer?

MB: I just remember I had wanted it for awhile. I was so excited after the first time I went. I wanted to keep going back and keep going back until I got the offer. I finally got it after my third time being there. I was really excited.

JB: So when did you realize Notre Dame would be the place?

MB: It definitely took some time. I went back and forth on which one as my favorite, Michigan State or Notre Dame for awhile. It wasn’t until like that week that I decided I really wanted to be at Notre Dame. It was definitely a tough decision for me.

JB: What do you feel put Notre Dame over the top?

MB: The education, for sure.

JB: What about it?

MB: The business school is obviously one of the best in the nation. Michigan State, it’s like it wasn’t a bad school. Just Notre Dame is an amazing school academically speaking and they still have the football side of it. After I realized that it was a no-brainer.

JB: Back then you talked about the depth chart being a little more open at Michigan State. What do you see at Notre Dame?

MB: I’m going in there and I’m gonna treat it like any other situation. I’m gonna work hard and do all I can to get on the field.

JB: What gets you on the field next year and what keeps you on the sidelines?

MB: I think how physical I am, how well I get off the press and can go up and get the ball will hopefully help me out early. One of the things I need to work on long term is just route running, which every receiver can get better on, and speed.

JB: You did all the camps and everything along the way. How much did that competition help?

MB: It’s a wakeup call. It’s definitely a wakeup call because being at the Rivals Challenge and all the other camps that I went to with DI players, it just shows you the level you need to be at and it also shows you can compete at that level. It’s a confidence booster and a wakeup call at the same time.

JB: Was there a camp or a moment when you realized you belonged with those guys?

MB: There was two moments. I would say 7-on-7 when I was a sophomore I wanna say, I went up against Damon Webb. He’s at Ohio State right now. He was completely, there was a deep ball and he just went over me for an interception. I was like, ‘Wow.’ Even though he was getting ready to be a senior and I was just a sophomore, I was still impressed. That and then at the Rivals Challenge when I was catching balls in 7-on-7 against some big name corners, that showed me I can do this at the next level and I don’t have anything to worry about as long as I keep progressing.

JB: I know there was a time when people weren’t sure if you could stick at receiver or if you’d be a tight end. Did you feel the need to prove you could stay at receiver?

MB: Definitely. I still feel like I have to prove it now even though I am playing receiver. I look at all my film. I don’t look too slow in person when you get up to me. I run a 4.51. For a 6-4 receiver, I think that’s pretty good. But I mean, I just think I’m a person you have to see in person run before you can make that decision. That’s why I think a lot of schools ended up changing it to receiver instead of tight end.

JB: So to end this, what do you expect for the next four or five years?

MB: I’m getting my degree. That’s my No. 1 goal going to Notre Dame, getting my degree. Then winning a national championship.

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