Miles Boykin is considered one of the preeminent Class of 2015 talents in Illinois.
Getting the four-star wide receiver from New Lenox Providence Catholic High School to eventually head two hours south to play college football in Champaign is a main priority for Tim Beckman’s staff.
Boykin isn’t tipping his hand yet about which school he might ultimately pick or when he might do so.
“I don’t really have any favorites,” Boykin said, “but I’m definitely interested in (Illinois) being that it’s my homestate school. The potential there is tremendous with the quarterbacks they have there now, along with some of the commits they already have in my class in Jimmy (Fitzgerald) and Dre (Brown). I know them, so that’s a nice feeling.”
Boykin — who just finished his basketball season with the Celtics on March 7 after Kentucky-bound point guard Tyler Ulis and his Marian Catholic teammates knocked off Providence Catholic 67-53 in a Class 4A regional championship game — currently holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Toledo, Virginia Tech and Western Michigan.
Oregon has started reaching out to him more recently, and Boykin said the Ducks, along with Illinois, Michigan State, Mississippi, Notre Dame and Wisconsin are schools staying in touch with him the most.
“I’d definitely consider (Oregon),” said Boykin, who does not have an offer yet from the Ducks. “But I’d like to get a chance to go out there and visit them if I can. I’d like to do that with all the schools I consider.”
Illinois was a frequent destination for Boykin last fall when he wasn’t catching passes for the Celtics.
He attended wins against Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati at Memorial Stadium, and was also in attendance for the night game home loss to Wisconsin in mid-October.
He attended a junior day event at Illinois in early February and his performance last June at an Illinois camp in Champaign helped his recruitment gain more exposure.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pound recorded 51 receptions for 730 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for Providence Catholic, which advanced to the state quarterfinals in Class 6A in 2013.
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit and wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy are the primary recruiters Illinois uses on Boykin, who said he enjoys both assistants.
“They’re extremely honest,” he said. “They just keep everything real with you.”
Will it help Illinois land the state’s most highly-touted wideout when it comes to the Class of 2015?
Patience will have to come into play with Boykin’s decision as he does not appear to be in any rush.
“Before I had said I wanted to (commit) after my season, but now I’m just taking my time,” Boykin said. “It’s exciting. You never know what’s going to happen with recruiting, so I’m just enjoying it all.”