On Thursday, Florida got the chance to play host to tight end Miles Boykin (6-4, 222, New Lenox, ILL Providence Catholic) and the visit was a success.
“It was just real nice being down there on campus with the coaches,” Boykin said. “I got to meet some of the players and see all of the facilities and athletic stuff. The campus was real nice and honestly one of the nicest ones I have seen.”
During the visit Boykin had the opportunity to meet with everyone but he spent a large majority of his time with two coaches in particular.
“I got to really talk to all of the coaches at some point throughout the day,” Boykin said. “I mainly spent a lot of time with Coach [Will] Muschamp and Coach [Derek} Lewis though. Coach D-Lew was showing me how I would fit into the offense and how they want to move me around in the offense to create mismatches.”
Boykin has had the chance to meet tight end coach Derek Lewis several times and talk to him over the phone a lot and the two have developed a top-notch relationship with each other.
“Coach Lewis is my main recruiter from Florida,” Boykin said. “Coach Lewis is one of my favorite coaches in my recruitment though. He and the coach from Virginia Tech.”
Having a great relationship with Lewis is key for Florida because the Gators want the athlete to play tight end in Gainesville.
“Florida has pretty much told me that they want me at the hybrid tight end position,” Boykin said. “Florida and Oregon are the only two schools recruiting me at tight end but I’m ok with that.”
Now that Boykin has had the opportunity to visit Florida the Gators are now squarely in his top 10 but they aren’t one of the three times who talk to him the most.
“I have a top 10 right now that’s all,” Boykin said. “Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oregon, Illinois, Ohio State and Virginia Tech. I would say Illinois, Michigan State and Notre Dame talk to me the most right now.”
Florida fans may look at Boykin’s top 10 and say the Gators have no chance because of distance but Boykin will be away from family no matter where he goes.
“My mom is moving when I graduate so it really doesn’t matter where I go to school,” Boykin said. “She isn’t moving with me or nothing like that though so wherever I go to school at will be away from home.”
INSIDER TAKE: Florida made up a lot of ground on Thursday and the Gators have Derrick Dillon in Boykin’s ear as well but right now Notre Dame has the slight edge. Florida will need to get Boykin back on campus this fall in order to have a real shot here. The good news for Boykin is that his mom loves the Gators and the coaching staff.