Tinley Park, IL
Measurables: 6-5, 208
Accolades: Semper Fidelis All-American, consensus 4-star prospect, All-USA Illinois wide receiver, first-team All-State Chicago Tribune, No. 86 player by Tom Lemming, Chicago Sun-Times first-team All-Area team, State Champion, Class 7A
Impressive Offers: Florida, Michigan, Ole Miss, Missouri, Oregon, Ohio State
Quick Take: A long, powerful, physically imposing receiver that doesn’t seem to exist on the current roster. Should remind Irish fans of Maurice Stovall or Duval Kamara as a recruit, yet with some surprising speed.
While the numbers still need to be taken with a huge grain of salt, Boykin’s SPARQ certified 40-time of 4.51 is an eye-opening number, especially for someone of his size. For a recruit who seems to be off the radar and not finding himself among the nation’s elite, there is certainly a lot to like about Boykin.
What he means to the Irish: While the receiving corps is among the deepest spots on the roster right now, Boykin’s impact on the team could be felt in 2016 and beyond. His combination of size, power and speed is an intriguing weapon. It’s hard to say anybody has the physicality of Michael Floyd, but Boykin certainly does some really intriguing things as a receiver — dominating competition at the high school level. (So even if he’s a poor man’s Floyd, that’s quite a place to start your career from.)
Boykin will be a very interesting developmental prospect, and anytime you can get an athlete that big and strong to run like Boykin, he has a chance to be a contributor on your football team. Talking to people inside the program, there’s a belief that Boykin is a steal.
Obligatory YouTube clip: Here’s a look at Boykin’s senior year highlight film, courtesy of Hudl.