Boykin is still hearing from the Commodore coaches, "I'm hoping they'll offer. They keep telling me to hang in there," said the scholar athlete. In fact, Boykin had dinner with coach Rick Logo very recently and the Vandy coaches call weekly.
What's the hold up? "They keep saying if their scholarship numbers work out right," said Boykin. Indeed Vanderbilt is said to have 16 scholarships for the 2007 class and already has 14 commitments. That leaves just two remaining scholarships to offer and Vandy is still awaiting the outcome of offers to players such as Golden Tate, Mark Fisher and Brandon Clear.
Boykin is hopeful and is looking for help from the almighty, " I'm hoping and praying that they do offer because I'd love to be a Commodore," said the ever patient Boykin. Boykin is not alone in his praying. Teammate Chris Marve, who has already accepted a Vanderbilt offer, prays for his buddy Boykin to be able to join him at the Nashville school.
Why the strong desire for Vanderbilt? To Boykin Vanderbilt represents the total package in a school. Boykin, who plans on attending medical school some day, sees the chance to play in the SEC while garnering an outstanding education at one of the top universities in the nation. The prospect of staying in state is also very attractive to Boykin.
Boykin, who sports a 4.0 plus GPA in the classroom and an excellent 25 ACT score was a force on the football field during his senior season. The speedy linebacker finished with 88 total tackles, which included 62 solos, 19 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries. He earned All-Region, All-District and All-Shelby-Metro honors after a season in which he and Marve helped lead their team deep into the State Playoffs. Boykin was also selected to play in the Liberty Bowl All-Star game.
Several strong academic schools have already noticed Boykin and extended offers. Navy, Furman and Cornell have all offered. Boykin plans to visit Furman the first weekend in January and the Naval Academy on the 19th of January. Boykin considers those two schools his favorites of the teams that have offered. Murray State and UT-Martin have also offered and Boykin has gotten interest from teams such as Ole Miss, Memphis, Tennessee and Stanford.
Will Vandy extend an offer? Stay tuned to VandyMania.com for updates on Brandon Boykin.