The Notre Dame Fighting Irish thought they landed something special in February of 2018 on National Signing Day when 4-Star cornerback Noah Boykin gave them his signature. It was a fairly big surprise as the word started to spread that Boykin was going to be signing with the Virginia Cavaliers, and was wearing blue and orange at the table.
It was indeed a huge surprise when he chose Notre Dame, and he was immediately considered one of the best defensive backs in the class for Notre Dame.
First of want to thank @coachwaltbell for giving me the blessing of a life time, and @aazaar23 for believing in me since day 1 .. with that being said im proud to announce that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at the University of Massachusetts pic.twitter.com/0kXlZH9ulB— Guap (@___guappp) July 26, 2019
Boykin redshirted during his freshman year at Notre Dame while fellow frosh defensive backs Houston Griffith and TaRiq Bracy saw considerable playing time with important roles. Many expected Boykin to compete for a bigger role with the Irish in 2019, but spring ball results appear to have changed that quite a bit.
His transfer destination of UMass to play for Head Coach Walt Bell does seem a little odd considering the stature of his recruitment, but after these guys go through a year of college, they certainly have a better grasp of what opportunity will be best for them.
Boykin will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, and will have 3 years of eligibility remaining come the 2020 season.
Good luck to Noah at UMass!