Notre Dame has its inside receivers of the future committed in Jalen Guyton and C.J. Sanders, now this year's recruiting haul has an outside threat to go with them.
Miles Boykin out of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Ill. committed to the Fighting Irish on Wednesday night, choosing Coach Brian Kelly's program over the likes of Florida, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.
“I HAVE OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME!!!,” said Boykin in a Tweet on Wednesday night.
At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Boykin gives Notre Dame an outside receiver capable of being physical with defensive backs and out-jumping opponents for balls. He is rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 10 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service.
Boykin has big hands that allow him to catch nearly anything thrown his way and also shows a willingness to block tenaciously, a facet of the game not often seen out of wide receivers at the high school level.
Boykin does not command elite speed, but his stride is big and looks effortless going downfield. The defensive backs he cannot outrun have a tough time gaining position on him due to his size.
Boykin has the size to also play in the slot at Notre Dame as a flex player where an athletic tight end would line up. His versatility will surely be utilized to the max in South Bend.
A visit to Notre Dame on June 14 helped Boykin in his decision, while trips to Missouri, Florida State and Michigan State following that brought some uncertainty to where he would commit.
With three verbals at wide receiver, the Fighting Irish could call a halt to recruiting any further bodies at the position. However, elite talent is still on the board with Notre Dame interest, including Equanimeous St. Brown out of California and Carlos Strickland of Texas. It would be tough to turn down either if they wanted to go Irish.
Notre Dame now has a 17-man recruiting haul for the Class of 2015, ranked No. 7 in the country by Rivals.com.
In other Notre Dame news:
- Notre Dame missed on a couple elite defensive talents on Wednesday. Linebacker Justin Hilliard out of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati committed to Ohio State. Defensive end Jashon Cornell from Minnesota made it a big day for Coach Urban Meyer as he also committed to the Buckeyes.
- Freshman Nile Sykes has been the subject of transfer rumors according to several different media outlets. Sykes is expected to fill an outside linebacker spot on the depth chart this fall for the Fighting Irish, although playing time is not expected to materialize. The former three-star prospect in last year's recruiting cycle from Lombard, Ill. took to Twitter on Wednesday to say he was still officially a student at Notre Dame.