Wednesday was a bit of a roller coaster for Notre Dame. The day started off a pair of elite defenders Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell committing to Ohio State and then took a turn for the worse when news broke that Nile Sykes would be transferring before his first official practice as a Notre Dame football player. Wednesday night, however, Notre Dame fans got some good news when 4-star WR Miles Boykin committed to Notre Dame.
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Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Michigan State, and Illinois were the other finalists for Boykin’s commitment, but the huge wide receiver prospect also picked up offers from the likes of Arizona State, Oregon, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin as well.
Boykin comes to Notre Dame as a consensus 4-star prospect with Rivals holding the highest opinion of the latest member of the #ShamrockSoldiers15 ranking him as the #10 wide receiver in the entire country. 247 Sports has Boykin as a 4-star recruit as well but has him lower on their list of wide receivers coming in a #34.
With Boykin’s commitment, Notre Dame has now picked up three commitments in the last three days. Earlier this week Notre Dame received commitments from running back Josh Adams and cornerback Ashton White pushing Notre Dame’s commitment list for the class of 2015 to 17.
After adding Boykin to this year’s class, Notre Dame now has three wide receivers in the class of 2015 with Boykin joining CJ Sanders and Jalen Guyton. Boykin, however, adds a different dimension to the group standing at 6’4″ and weighing in at 220 lbs already heading into his senior season at Providence High School in New Lenox, Illinois. That size, in fact, has many thinking that Boykin could eventually grow into a tight end at some point down the road.
Whether or not that happens will be determined with how Boykin develops in the weight room. As is, it’s hard to look at Boykin and not be reminded of Maurice Stovall. Like Boykin, many felt that Stovall would grow into a tight end during his career at Notre Dame. That never happened and Stovall went on to have a breakout senior season in 2005 leading to the Philly native getting drafted in the 3rd round of the ’06 NFL Draft.
Even with three wide receivers in this class, Notre Dame likely won’t stop recruiting some of the top targets left on their board including Ryan Newsome and Equanimeous St. Brown. Even if Notre Dame ends Signing Day 2015 with just the trio they have committed now though, Notre Dame has done a great job recruiting at the position this year just as they have each of the last three years.
With the versatility of a player like Boykin who could one day grow into a tight end, Notre Dame could also potentially afford to pass at the tight end position in this year’s class after adding two in each of the past two seasons.
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