Beth Long’s weekly recruiting roundup

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Notre Dame is the latest offer for Providence junior wide receiver Miles Boykin.

The Irish offered while the four-star recruit was on campus for a junior day visit Saturday.

“I was very excited,” Boykin said. “Other than Illinois, this has probably been the one I’ve been most excited about.”

During the visit, Boykin spent time with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, who personally offered him a scholarship.

“It was awesome. We got tours of the football facilities and the campus,” Boykin said. “Then went to the basketball game so it was a good day. I got a good feel.”

New junior offers

Several other top junior wide receiver prospects in the Chicago area added offers, including Scout.com three-star Cameron Green from Stevenson. He picked up nods from Nebraska and Northwestern.

“I plan to get down to Northwestern a couple times, especially since it’s close to home,” Green said. “But I am going to visit one of my good friends on the team, [former Stevenson star] Matt Micucci and check them out.”

Green is following in his dad’s footsteps. Mark Green played running back for Notre Dame and then for the Bears in the late 1980s. The Cornhuskers were one of the schools that offered both father and son.

“They recruited my dad back in his days and he said he liked the school,” Green said. “So even though those coaches have left and a new style of football is being played with the new staff since my dad was recruited, there is still a lot of tradition.”

Another area receiver to add new offers is Montini’s Leon Thornton. The three-star prospect picked up an offer from Cincinnati.

“They know how to win, they had a good 9-4 season and I have a lot of family in Cincinnati,” Thornton said. “[Assistant] coach Steve Clinkscale also said he’s really excited about me.”

Sophomores to watch

They may only be sophomores, but Hinsdale South defensive lineman Josh King and Bolingbrook linebacker Tuf Borland have already started adding offers.

King recently received offers from Iowa, Michigan and Notre Dame to start off his recruitment on a fast note.

“I was pretty excited at first,” King said of his first offer. “I knew once the first offer came there would be many more after it, so I am trying to stay mellow.”

Borland had a big season on the football field for the Raiders and shortly after added an offer from Illinois.

“It was sort of a relief for me getting that first offer,” Borland said. “I kind of felt a pressure to get my first offer. But I know with that offer comes a target on my back. That just motivates me more to keep working and keep improving on my game.”


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