March 24, 2007

Breaking News: Boykin is a Bulldog

The University of Georgia continues to roll in recruiting as they picked up another commitment this weekend. Fayetteville (Ga.) - Fayette County athlete Brandon Boykin told Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt that he was ready to be a Bulldog when he and his family visited Athens on Saturday. Boykin decided Athens was best for him and that he was ready to join his cousin on the commitment list.

"I just committed to Coach Richt," said Boykin Saturday from Athens. He went on to talk about why he decided Georgia was the place for him.

"I took a lot of time to think about this with my family and a lot of other schools were coming after me, but Georgia is close to home and they are the hometown favorite."

He visited Athens for the first time earlier this week and that is when Boykin started feeling his love for the Dawgs.

"The coaching staff really made me feel like I was important when I went down there on Wednesday," he said. "I got a chance to see Coach Richt and I was thinking in the back of my head that I might see him once, but I didn't really think I would be able to spend time with him."

"He was a real nice guy, a real cool coach, and he is a real down to Earth guy. He was real honest with me and a lot of coaches might say that you will be a freshman All-American and then you look at the depth charts and see five or six redshirt freshmen."

Boykin could play corner at UGA and that would put him playing under Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach Willie Martinez. He met Coach Martinez Wednesday and saw him in action a couple times this week.

"I like him - He is down to Earth when he talks to you, but he is intense in practice. He might yell at you a little bit, but he will also compliment you when you do things good. He will try to boost your morale when you are down."

"He teaches you too. He gets out there with you if you do something wrong and demonstrates how to do it. I really like that. He is not just a coach that tells you what to do, but he can do it himself too. I like how he was real active with the players and he was teaching them a lot."

"I had a chance to go to the meetings with the cornerbacks and he was showing them the rights and wrongs. He talked to them about making tackles with your head down, keeping your feet on the ground, keeping your base, and I learned that, so I can carry that over to my season next year."

This 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete that runs the forty-yard dash in 4.45-seconds plays both sides of the ball in high school and he patterns himself after one of the best ever to go through Athens. He could play either side of the ball on the next level, but he talks about who he tries to play like and just what position he expects to play at Georgia.

"They are recruiting me as a corner, but they may look at me as a receiver too,' Boykin said. "I try to model my game after Champ Bailey, so I think I will be a pretty good corner at UGA. When I get there I plan on working hard, doing everything I can, learning the process, and do everything I need to do to be a successful player."

He talks about why he made the big decision so early in the process.

"Taking the stress off me during my senior year, just being able to focus on working out to get stronger, quicker, and faster while not having to worry about people calling me or going up to Junior Days," are things that prompted Boykin to commit early he said.

"Just getting it out of the way and now I am able to focus on my body now, so I will be ready to play when I get to Georgia if that is what I able to do."

Like most high school stars, Boykin would love to play as a freshman, but he has no problem waiting his turn to make plays in Athens.

"I took a look at their depth chart and there is no problem with me redshirting," said Boykin. "I feel I could gain a lot by redshirting. Coach Richt was honest with me and he told me that there is always going to be people in front of you no matter where you, so it is always going to be up to how hard you are willing to work to earn your spot."

While visiting Georgia twice in four days, Boykin learned just how many guys made it to the NFL after playing between the hedges.

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