The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season
Next up for the Irish is the incoming Freshman cornerback from Washington, D.C., Noah Boykin. Boykin was a coveted recruit for the Irish, ranking as both a 4 star recruit and one of the top 20 Corners in the country. He held offers 30 schools, including many of the top SEC programs. Heading into signing day, all of the analysts had him pegged for Florida and Virginia, only for him to surprisingly pick the Irish, because it felt like the “right school” for the young man. He heads into this year with some considerable depth ahead of him, but hopes to crack into special teams as the year progresses.
3 Things to Know About Noah Boykin
- He was originally committed to the Maryland Terrapins, which was an easy option being so close to home.
- Boykin was likely swayed in his recruiting by coach Todd Lyght, who has done a great job in his recruiting thus far.
- Though relatively small in bulk (around 170), Noah plays with a tenacity in both closing speed and ability to attack the ball. You can expect him to put on 10-12 pounds thanks to Matt Balis’ program.
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Something to notice is his ability to go up and get the ball in the air. One of the most intangible things about a corner is their reactions to 50/50 balls, which he clearly excels at.
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He may not look intimidating at first glance, but this dude plays with confidence and swag. The Ewoks were definitely over confident, taking on forces that were physically and technologically more advanced on Endor. Yet, despite their size, came out hot and dominated. Like the Ewoks, Boykin may not look intimidating, but the dude packs a punch and looks to be a playmaker down the line for the Irish. This is also a great excuse to watch the Battle of Endor.
A good season for Boykin (and the Irish) would be for him to end up in a backup corner roll. This means there have been somewhat limited injuries and the corner play among Shaun Crawford, Julian Love, and Troy Pride Jr., has been solid. If he can learn in a backup roll while contributing on special teams, he could find himself quickly in the mix next year for a starting role. He is a playmaking corner with great feet, and looks to show he can play, hopefully earning a spot on the major special teams.