Football Recruiting: Providence’s Miles Boykin visits Illinois
By Beth Long FOXSports Next August 11, 2013 5:58PM
Miles Boykin, of Providence
Updated: September 13, 2013 6:12AM
Several of the top juniors in the state took visits during the past several days, including Providence wide receiver Miles Boykin and Lyons running back Leonard Ross, who visited Illinois for their preseason practices. Ross also took a visit to Indiana.
“I got to tour the whole campus, see what it was like to be a football player there,” Ross said. “I sat in the meeting room with the running backs. I got to watch practice itself and roam around during the whole thing. It was awesome.”
The Hoosiers also offered Hales defensive back Patrick Nelson, his first offer, after visiting campus. Grayslake North athlete Titus Booker visited Iowa to check out what the Hawkeyes have to offer.
“It went well. First, we got a tour of the facility, then we watched practice and got a tour of the campus,” Booker said. “We also got to talk to some of the coaches. I was very impressed with how intense their practice was. They treated me and my family well.”
Kicking for the Cardinal
Glenbard West senior Hayden Lekacz, one of the Midwest’s top kicking prospects, has given his verbal commitment to Stanford.
“As of now, it’s a preferred walk-on for the first year,” he told FOXSports NEXT. “I’m going to redshirt my first year, then once Jordan Williamson leaves, it’s my job to win and my scholarship to earn.”
Lekacz had full-scholarship offers from Air Force and Cornell. In the end, Stanford was where Lekacz wanted to be.
“It’s amazing. This has been my dream since I little kid,” he said.
Sykes in waiting game
Recruiting has been in a holding pattern for linebacker Nile Sykes. The Montini senior recently competed with the team in the National Select 7-on-7 in Hoover, Ala., a tournament it qualified for by winning the Red Grange Classic.
“I thought the first day we showed hints of being a really good team but we ended up tying a couple of games that could have been won if we executed the way we should have,” Sykes said. “But Day 2, everyone came out with energy and we were all playing together and doing our jobs.”
Traveling to tournaments and switching positions from the defensive line to linebacker has kept the FOXSports NEXT three-star linebacker busy, and Sykes hasn’t come any closer to making his college decision.
“It is going very well,” Sykes said of recruiting. “Wisconsin, Missouri and Mississippi State say they are really looking forward to seeing my first couple of games.”
Sykes has offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Indiana, Syracuse and Cincinnati.