It seems obvious that Northwestern should be recruiting 2015 wide receiver Miles Boykin. Not only is the four-star New Lenox, IL, native one of the state’s top wide receiver prospects, he is deeply interested in pursuing Northwestern as a potential college choice.
“Oh yeah,” he said Sunday when asked if he was interested in Northwestern. “Definitely.”
But Boykin hasn’t heard from the Wildcats since last year, when running backs coach coach Matt MacPherson visited him at Providence Catholic high school.
During his freshman year, Boykin visited Northwestern for a bowl practice. He has kept the Wildcats in his thoughts since then, rarely hearing from Wildcats coaches, while other schools – including Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Ole Miss – began contacting him frequently. Boykin has also drawn interest from LSU, Wisconsin, Iowa and other programs.
“They haven’t talked to me all year,” he said.
The most intriguing aspects about Northwestern for Boykin are the location – Boykin would love the comfort of having his family watch all of his home games – and academics. Boykin has also been impressed by Northwestern’s recent rise on and off the field.
“They’ve been recruiting really hard lately, getting some good players,” he said. “It’s starting to show on the field, too. Winning the bowl game last year was big.”
A big receiving target (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) with great speed (he says he ran a 4.44 40-yd dash), Boykin says he likes Northwestern’s spread offense. While Boykin currently holds offers from Michigan State, Illinois, Toledo, Ole Miss and Western Michigan, his list should soon expand to include other BCS programs.
Will Northwestern ever join his growing pile of offers? If so, Boykin would be excited.
“I’d definitely be interested,” he said.
Perhaps Northwestern will turn its attention to Boykin at the end of the regular season.