Sought-after WR Boykin chops list, still has 10 possibles
By Beth Long FoxSports NEXT June 1, 2014 11:26PM
Providence wide receiver Miles Boykin, one of the highest-rated prospects in the state and a Scout.com four-star recruit, has narrowed his list to 10 schools: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and Virginia Tech.
‘‘Cutting down my list was definitely hard because you have formed relationships with the coaches and you have to let go,’’ Boykin said. ‘‘Especially when every school has something different to offer than the other ones. I had to focus on my relationship with the coaching staff and the value of the education.’’
The 6-4, 215-pound junior nearly cut his list in half and plans to do so again before his senior season.
‘‘I am just planning on visiting the schools I haven’t been to yet and making a final five and deciding from there,’’ he said.
Shenault adding offers
Lake Park junior defensive back Antonio Shenault, a Scout.com three-star recruit, picked up his first Big Ten offer from Minnesota.
‘‘My head coach [Chris Roll] called me and told me first. He told me to give [Minnesota assistant] coach Jeff Phelps, the coach who recruits me, a call,’’ Shenault said. ‘‘From what I have heard, Minnesota has a beautiful campus, and I like the fact that they play some of the best teams in the country in the Big Ten. That’s definitely appealing.
‘‘I was excited. I’ve been talking to Minnesota for a few months now, and I feel like I have built a good relationship with Coach Phelps and the staff.’’
Shenault recently added offers from Iowa State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Toledo.
Bahl picks up Big Ten offer
Soon-to-be Big Ten member Rutgers made an offer to Marian Central quarterback Billy Bahl. The junior prospect also added a nod from Connecticut to his list over the last week.
‘‘I am very excited about the offers that I have at this point,’’ Bahl said. ‘‘During the season I didn’t think it would be like this at all. It’s nice having all the choices, but also kind of stressful.’’
Overall, the process has been enjoyable for Bahl, who has additional offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ohio, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio) and Illinois State, among others.
‘‘My favorite part of recruiting has been just being able to meet a bunch of new people and see all the schools as well as campuses,’’ he said.
A three-star recruit, Bahl could continue to pick up recruiting momentum, Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu said.
‘‘Bahl has prototypical size and the arm to make almost any throw on the field,’’ Trieu said. ‘‘He stands tall in the pocket and shows a good sense of placement. In the next season, he must continue to work on making quicker decisions.’’