Beth Long’s weekly recruiting roundup

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Providence senior wide receiver Miles Boykin has had a big season for the Celtics so far and is the top rated receiver in the state, according to

The Notre Dame commit accepted his jersey for the Semper Fidelis All-American Game on January 4, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

‘‘It is still football, so I want to go out there and work and get better, but my ultimate goal with the Semper Fi game is to go out there and meet people and get a chance to know some of them better,’’ Boykin said. ‘‘I just want to have fun. That’s the main thing for me with it.’’

Boykin possesses a pretty serious attitude toward the game he loves, and plans to continue that in the Semper Fi game.

‘‘It means a lot because I know they don’t just pick anyone to play in this game,’’ Boykin said. ‘‘It means a lot to represent the Marine Corps, and just trying to respect what they do for us and give something back to them. Even though that’s pretty much impossible because of how much they do for us.”

Jones adds Wisconsin offer

Evanston junior defensive lineman Naquan Jones has seen his recruitment pick up over the last several weeks and just added an offer from Wisconsin.

‘‘The Wisconsin coaches came through yesterday,’’ Jones said. ‘‘I had been in a little bit of contact with Wisconsin, but not too much, so I was kind of surprised by the offer.

‘‘My coach called me down to his office, and then he basically told me that he didn’t want to distract me from the game, but that I had a full-ride offer to the University of Wisconsin.”

Schools have stopped by to see Jones during the evaluation period, including Penn State, Nebraska, Illinois and the Badgers. The 6-4, 290-pounder has additional offers from Iowa and the Illini.

‘‘I like that Wisconsin’s football team is a great one, and I haven’t been, but I hear they have a beautiful campus,’’ Jones said. ‘‘Also, I want to major in communications, and I hear they have a great program. When I get out to visit, I will be able to elaborate more on what I like.’’

Spears getting interest

West Aurora junior defensive back Drake Spears has an offer from Illinois and has seen the recruiting process get pretty busy.

‘‘Recruiting is going pretty well,’’ Spears said. ‘‘I am getting a lot of letters now, a lot of them. It is really exciting. And I am getting a lot of messages from coaches on social media. It’s really exciting.”

Spears has recently heard from Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan State and Indiana and has taken a few recent visits.

‘‘I am planning on going to a lot of games, to Northern Illinois, and that will be exciting,’’ he said. ‘‘I just went to visit Illinois a few weekends ago. It was really nice. The atmosphere was crazy there. It was nice to be on campus with an offer. As soon as I walked in, they were all just high-fiving me and everything.’’

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