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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Miles Boykin Evaluation

Miles Boykin verbally committed to Notre Dame on July 2nd. Experts always favored Notre Dame in the battle for Boykin.

Boykin hails from New Lenox, Illinois. He plays for Providence Catholic High School. Boykin checks in at 6’4″ 220 lbs. He claims a 4.41 40-yard dash. Boykin held 18 offers from FBS Schools including Arizona State, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon and Virginia Tech.

Recruiting services consider Boykin a 4-star recruit. 247Sports ranks him as the 35th best Wide Receiver in the country. ESPN also ranks him Rivals is most favorable towards Boykin. They rank him as the 10th best Wide Receiver and the 116th prospect nationally.

So, who is Boykin exactly? Some have Boykin pegged as a Tight End in the future. This makes it sound like Boykin is an un-athletic player. This could be further from the truth. Boykin makes the plays that is expected from a player with his height: jump balls on streaks, fade patterns, etc. But, he also catches screen with regularity; things that are expected from small, speeder players.

His best attribute are his soft hands. It is clear from his Junior film that Boykin catches the ball with great ease. He is an extremely willing blocker. Wide Receivers who are willing to block help spring 20-yard gains in 70-yard touchdowns. Finally, he is a good by not great route-runner. Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach Mike Denbrock can help mold Boykin into a great route-runner.

Boykin is not as explosive as a player with a 4.41 40-yard dash. ESPN had Boykin listed as a 4.56 40-yard dash. This seems more realistic. Therefore, if he cannot improve his speed, he will probably never be a legitimate #1 receiver.

The New Lenox, Illinois product should be able to play right away if needed. He can add a physical presence to a group of Notre Dame Wide Receivers that is, for most part, small.

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