Football: Providence’s Miles Boykin gives verbal commitment to Notre Dame
By Beth Long scout.com July 2, 2014 7:34PM
Providence's Miles Boykin (81) can't quite get to this pass. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 3, 2014 2:15AM
Even though Scout.com four-star receiver Miles Boykin, of Providence had offers from all over the country, he has given his verbal commitment to one of the closest schools on his radar: Notre Dame.
“Just because the education, of course,” Boykin said. “And you know its one of the greatest places to play football. They have such great tradition there. And I just feel at home whenever I am on campus.”
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect took several return trips to schools on his list, including Notre Dame.
“I went to visit like two weeks ago,” Boykin said. “It was just being around the coaches and a lot of the students and players there and just meeting with them and just realizing that I fit in.”
Boykin is the first Southland prospect to choose the Irish in the Class of 2015, but he joins three athletes who enrolled as freshman in June: former Montini linebacker Nile Sykes, Crete-Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan and Marist tight end Nic Weishar.
When Boykin visited South Bend he got a chance to spend time with several of the players, many of whom he knows very well.
“We really didn’t talk too much about the school we just talked in general. I talked to Nile Sykes, and of course Nic Weishar, who I’ve known since like fourth grade,” Boykin said.
“They told me that the college part of it would be hard but just being with them 24/7 is going to be great. Once you graduate you should be set for a lifetime. Nic actually texted me Monday and said, ‘You better be Irish come Wednesday.’ ”
Boykin picked Notre Dame out of a Top 10 list that also included Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon and Virginia Tech. Although the decision was one that Boykin is happy about, it certainly wasn’t easy.
“It was definitely hard because you have formed relationships with the coaches and you have to let that go,” Boykin said of the other schools on his list. “Especially when every school has something different to offer than the other ones.”
Overall, Boykin is excited to call himself a member of the Irish and to stay in the Midwest to play his college ball.
“Its extremely exciting that all my friends and family can come out and watch a game,” Boykin said, “and that they can come down and visit me.”