Moments ago around 7:00 p.m. CST, 2015 Providence Catholic wide receiver Miles Boykin decided to give his commitment to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish over the Illinois Fighting Illini.
— miles boykin (@MBoykin814) July 3, 2014
Although Illini Nation seemed hopeful that Boykin might choose to stay in the state of Illinois for his college career, it was really no surprise that the Providence Catholic WR chose to play with the Fighting Irish.
95% of the recruiting experts on the 247Sports Crystal Ball had Miles Boykin verbally committing to Brian Kelly and Notre Dame.
Jack Jorgensen of Fansided.com says that Boykin “has the perfect size to come in and possibly make an immediate impact” and that he “could also become one of the best deep-ball threats” for Notre Dame right away.
The commitment to Notre Dame might hurt Illinois fans initially, but shouldn’t stick as we get closer to the 2014 season.
The Fighting Illini had a ton of talent at the wide receiver position come in this past offseason and only has one senior WR on the roster for the 2014 season.
Barring any underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft, the only player Illinois should lose after the 2014 season is Martize Barr.
Yes, Miles Boykin is a tremendous talent and would have helped the Orange & Blue immediately, but his commitment might not be as big of a gut punch as some might think.
All Tim Beckman and company need to focus on is winning this upcoming season. If they win more games in 2014, the future recruits will begin to fall into place.
The four-star recruit is currently ranked 2nd in the state of Illinois, 23rd among wide receivers, and 187th among 2015 high school recruits by 247Sports.