Notre Dame added its 17th commitment for the 2015 class after four-star wide receiver/tight end Miles Boykin (New Lenox, Ill. Providence Catholic) gave his pledge to the Fighting Irish on Wednesday evening.
The 6-4, 220-poud receiver with 4.41 speed in the 40-yard dash picked Notre Dame over the Florida Gators, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Missouri Tigers and the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The in-state program had held out hope that they would be able to keep Boykin in the Land of Lincoln when they were the first program to offer the jumbo receiver who could grow into an H-back or flex tight end in the coming years, but couldn’t overcome the momentum the Fighting Irish built after four visits since February.
— miles boykin (@MBoykin814) July 3, 2014
Notre Dame fans were thrilled to add Boykin tonight after striking out on five-star recruits Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell who committed to Ohio State over Notre Dame this morning. Here is a sampling of the reaction from Irish fans on Twitter:
Miles Boykin to Notre Dame is the biggest hit for MSU of the three that committed today. The Spartans were always among his favorites.
— Mike Wilson (@MikeWScout) July 3, 2014
— Norm Sanders (@NormSanders) July 3, 2014
The biggest question with Boykin is where will he line up when he arrives in 2015, will he be a wide receiver in the mold of Michael Floyd or will he continue the long line of NFL-caliber tight ends to come out of South Bend?
Now, does Boykin play wide receiver at Notre Dame, or are we gonna see a tight end move in the future?
— Jack Jorgensen (@JackJ14CFB) July 3, 2014
When Miles Boykin offered his commitment to Brian Kelly today, Kelly made it clear that #NotreDame was bringing Boykin in as a wide receiver
— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) July 3, 2014
No matter where he lines up, Notre Dame got a stud playmaker in Boykin who had 51 receptions for 730 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall for the Celtics and is the third wide receiver to commit to Notre Dame for this year’s class, joining three-star recruits C.J. Sanders and Jalen Guyton.
With tonight’s commitment from Boykin, Notre Dame now has four, four-star recruits in the composite rankings and moves past Tennessee and now owns the nation’s No. 7 class, according to the 247Sports team rankings.