Illini await Boykin's decision

Illini await Boykin's decision

Miles Boykin can hardly go anywhere in his hometown of Tinley Park without getting the question.

Or anywhere along the corridors of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox without getting the question.

Where’s he going to college?

Boykin, the state’s top offensive prospect in the Class of 2015, will provide an answer to those inquiries at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound wide receiver who hauled in 51 catches for 730 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall for the Celtics will take to Twitter tonight to announce his college intentions.

Illinois is among the final six schools he is weighing, with Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri and Notre Dame still in the running for Boykin.

Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit and wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy have served as the lead recruiters on Boykin.

The Illini gave Boykin his first offer last June after an impressive camp showing at Memorial Stadium.

It wasn’t long, though, before other schools started showing interest and extending offers to Boykin.

Which is a key reason why Boykin will make his choice tonight.

“I’m just tired of the process, and I want to get it over with,” he said. “I just realized where I wanted to be, and I don’t feel like I need to wait any longer.”

Rivals.com rates Boykin a four-star recruit who is only behind East St. Louis defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. among the 2015 in-state recruits.

He has become a frequent visitor to Champaign-Urbana within the past year, attending an on-campus practice last August along with home games against Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati and Wisconsin, and a junior day event this past winter.

“I like that it’s my home-state school,” Boykin said, “and I have a great relationship with the coaches.”

He also worked with Illinois quarterback commit Jimmy Fitzgerald from Centennial this offseason.

Both are part of Core 6 Athletes, a premier football 7-on-7 team that goes through workouts and drills in the suburban Chicago area.

If Boykin picks Illinois, he’d become the biggest get for Tim Beckman’s program in the Class of 2015 and fifth in-state product.

But Boykin has done his homework on his five other finalists, visiting each school, some multiple times, during the process.

A process that will end tonight.

“It’s been great, and I’m excited about the decision,” Boykin said. “I’m pretty sure in a few weeks I’ll look back and wish I could go through it again, but I’m happy about it ending, too. I really didn’t want to have this decision weighing on me going into my senior season. I thought it would be a distraction.”

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