A couple months ago, Carrollton (GA) High defensive end Michael Boykin thought his recruiting process was going to be a dud. He had no offers, minimal interest and a highlight tape that wasn’t generating much buzz.
“I couldn’t figure what was taking so long,” he said.
All it took really was a little editing. With doubts starting to creep in about how good of a player he was, Boykin sought out the advice of a coach familiar with recruiting. He told Boykin to add some more “big time” plays to the film of him getting after the quarterback and making tackles in the backfield.
“I put about five plays in a row of me getting sacks for three and four-yard losses,” Boykin said. “(The offers) just started piling in. I mean they just started coming.”
And come they have. In the last few weeks Boykin has picked up 15 scholarship offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, USF and Wake Forest. On Monday, Marshall, Samford, USF and Wisconsin all came calling with an offer.
“It’s exciting,” said Boykin. “It’s really crazy. The more and more I worked, it just started to come to me.”
Of the offers that came in Monday for the 6-7, 264-pound end, Wisconsin was the one that stuck out the most. In fact, along with Kentucky and North Carolina, the Badgers are one of three schools that have stood out during this whirlwind period of recruiting.
“Coach John Settle said he really enjoyed my highlight tape,” said Boykin. “He said he really enjoyed the way I played. He said I had a lot of athleticism, big frame and long arms. He told me I did a lot of good things well, and he said I would be a big contributor to the starting defense.”
Boykin said he finished with over 16.5 tackles for loss at defensive end his junior season, playing a typical style of defense that mirrors what Wisconsin likes to do.
“I like the way Wisconsin uses its defense ends and defensive tackles,” said Boykin. “They just get in there and go. They use a lot of technique and are coached to where they don’t have to think. They can just go out there and play, and I really like that about them.”
While he’s anxious to plan out camp stops and visits, Boykin said he’s waiting for the craziness to die down before coming up with a schedule.
“For me, I just want to take my time with the whole thing,” said Boykin. “If I am going to commit to a school, I have to take a visit there, and my mind is really open right now. I have no clue where I’m going to go.”