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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Weekly Update: Recruiting notes

By Tom VanHaaren

The Weekly Update is a look at recruiting news and notes for Michigan.

MILES BOYKIN

As the 2015 class starts to gain more recognition, Miles Boykin (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic) is a Midwest receiver to keep an eye on.

At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Boykin is already starting to hear from top schools all over the country.

“Michigan State, Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Florida State, Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan have all been in contact,” he said. “I think Ohio State is the closest to offer next.”

Since Illinois is the only school to offer Boykin so far, he says it’s too early to name a top list.

His father played linebacker at Eastern Illinois, but Boykin says his dad is actually a Michigan fan. That would normally be an advantage for the Wolverines, but there is a unique dynamic to his father’s favorite school.

“My dad loved Michigan and I like to see him upset so I rooted for Michigan State when they beat them,” he said. “That won’t make an impact, though. I’m trying to see every school and give everyone an equal chance.”

Boykin says that he would like to study sports management and eventually become an agent. He recognizes that he has to put the football down eventually, so academics will play a big role in his recruitment.

The talented receiver says he will be taking some visits this summer, but plans on really digging in to his recruitment once more offers roll in.

BARBECUE NOTES

This weekend marks the last big, hosted event on Michigan’s campus for the summer in the barbecue. Past barbecues have been successful for the coaching staff.

The 2012 class saw Chris Wormley commit at the event and the barbecue that was held last summer had Derrick Green, Michael Ferns and Mason Cole in attendance. All three ended up committing to Michigan eventually. Defensive back Parrker Westphal (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) was also on hand, but hasn’t made a decision yet.

Judging by the current list of visitors for this weekend it doesn’t seem likely that anyone will decide to commit at the event. The closest, or one to watch, is 2015 defensive back Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward).

The ESPN Junior 300 prospect will be there with his family, who already have questions for the coaches. His mother, Sabrina, says this visit could be integral in her son’s decision.

“This will provide an opportunity to do some observing. It’s going to be a small group, from what I’m told,” she said. “It will be an intimate setting where we can sit down and ask the hard questions and have some one-on-one time with the coaches. I think that’s all going to make a difference.”

I don’t think it’s out of the question that Crawford decides to commit at the barbecue, but I don’t believe they are going into the event with that intention.

Michigan is hosting plenty of other 2015 prospects with offers, including linebacker Osa Masina (Salt Lake City/Brighton), offensive lineman Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh/Baldwin) and receiver George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake).

This visit could be huge for all three prospects, especially since most are traveling a good distance on their own dime. If Michigan can wow the prospects and their families on this trip it could do a lot in their pursuit of the ESPN Junior 300 targets.

THE REST OF 2014

With 14 commits in the class it’s looking like Michigan is still hoping to land Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola), a defensive back and a linebacker.

It’s interesting to note that 2014 safety Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) has been trying to find a plane ticket for two weeks to make it in for Michigan’s barbecue this weekend. That would be a big prospect to get on campus. Michigan is likely behind for Parker, but if he visits that could change.

The Wolverines are still in good shape with Westphal, who should be making a decision before his season starts. If Westphal picks Michigan then that would close out the secondary spots.

Hand has stated he would like to make his decision by the end of December, but with an official visit to Michigan slated for the Notre Dame night game, I don’t think it’s out of the question to see him make a decision before that.

Linebacker is probably the most intriguing spot since it looks as though landing another backer could go either way. The main targets are Dwight Wiliams (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra), who is also visiting for the Notre Dame game, Jimmie Swain (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit), Richard Yeargin III (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School) and potentially Sharieff Rhaheed (Ft. Pierce, Fla./Ft. Pierce Central). Rhaheed doesn’t have an offer yet, but has been in contact with the staff.

There is a possibility that Michigan doesn’t fill every spot it hopes to fill, but it is looking like there will be at least three more commits in this class.