Boykin picks Notre Dame
Illinois felt the relationship it developed with Miles Boykin might pay off with a commitment from the state's top Class of 2015 offensive prospect.
But the New Lenox Providence Catholic wide receiver won't play his college football in Champaign.
Boykin orally committed to Notre Dame on Wednesday evening, announcing so via his Twitter account.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect picked the Fighting Irish ahead of Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri. Those were the final six schools Boykin had narrowed his list down to.
Boykin, a First Team News-Gazette All-State selection last November, caught 51 passes for 730 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for the Celtics.
The Tinley Park native helped Providence Catholic finish 7-5 and advance to the Class 6A state quarterfinals.
With no wideouts committed to the Illini so far in the 2015 class, expect Illinois to focus its attention on wide receivers like A.D. Miller from Dallas Bishop Dunne High School, Felton Davis III from Highland Springs (Va.) High School and Equanimeous St. Brown from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite High School, among others.
The in-state pool of wide receivers to choose from is dwindling.
Aside from Boykin, Lemont's Flynn Nagel (Duke), Montini's Leon Thornton (Indiana) and Stevenson's Cameron Green (Northwestern) have already committed.
Oak Lawn Richards wide receiver Spencer Tears is still a possibility after he decommitted from Nebraska in early June.