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July 2, 2014
Video: Boykin finds 'home' at ND
Miles Boykin began the process of becoming comfortable at Notre Dame last season.
Back then the four-star wide receiver from New Lenox, Ill., knew little of the Irish other than its storied tradition and probably less of the university aside from its Catholic base. Whether it would be a top consideration, let alone a future home, remained an open question.
"I definitely had to learn about it," Boykin said. "It was just one of those places you've gotta keep visiting. I felt better about it after every time I visited. I went to the BYU game and I was like, 'This is a pretty cool school, I wanna come check it out again.'"
Over the last few months Boykin accumulated multiple visits to South Bend, culminating with an overnight stay to be around more of the players earlier this month. He did the same at Michigan State, another finalist in the recruiting process.
After visiting the Spartans again Boykin saw the light: Notre Dame would be the place to which he committed. Shortly after that trip he shut the process down and prepared to share the news.
Boykin announced his verbal commitment tonight via Twitter.
"Really it just feels like home there," Boykin told Irish Illustrated earlier in the day. "When I took my overnight visit there I knew I wanted to be there. I had to just take one visit to Michigan State because they were really close behind to see if I felt the same way about Notre Dame. Then after that I just knew I wanted to be there."
Notre Dame now holds 17 commitments overall in the Class of 2015 and has landed three in as many days. Boykin is the third receiving in the current recruiting haul, joining four-star prospect C.J. Sanders and Jalen Guyton.
Boykin also listed Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri as finalists. Other offers included Bowling Green, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Ole Miss, N.C. State, Ohio State, Oregon, Toledo, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.
Getting back to Notre Dame for an overnight visit, where Boykin reconnected with more players, helped put the Irish over the top.
"Nic Weishar and Chris Brown, just some of those guys," Boykin said. "They've told me it's real laid back but once you hit the football field you've gotta be ready for it. It's gonna come hard and you just can't take anything for granted when you're out there."
Boykin sits at No. 116 in the latest Rivals250, becoming the highest rated receiver among the current commitments. But whether the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect would stay at that position wasn't always so sure.
Earlier in the process some coaches projected a move to wide receiver.
"I think a lot of people thought I was a tight end just because they thought I was slower," Boykin said. "Once my 40 times came out I was pretty fast even for just a normal receiver. Notre Dame plans on using me at X (receiver) for the first year that I'm down there. Coach (Mike) Denbrock says once I start learning all the concepts and all the plays I'll be able to move around all the offense."