Orange (CA) Junior Athlete Coby Boykin went to Utah early but is still attending and is set for a very busy October.

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Boykin is an explosive playmaker and has been among the top players in the state since his sophomore year. In terms of performance, few have performed better than Boykin over the past year and a half, and he has the ability to break down defenses off the field or in the slot.

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As a sophomore, he had nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns, and this year, in six games, Boykin rushed for 557 yards and threw four touchdowns, caught 19 passes for 229 yards, and scored two more goals.

He’s very fast, agile, can spin, and demonstrates the positional versatility to play as a running back or slot receiver in college. He is good at catching the ball out of bounds and also returns the ball dangerously.

On the recruiting front, Boykin traveled to Utah back in February and said he was still very happy with his decision.

“I feel great about my commitment and happy with my decision,” Boykin said. “I know they lost to Florida but they showed they can compete with the SEC school and it could fall again if they become Pac-12 champions.

“I think they can compete with anyone in the country. It’s hard to play away, but they met with the fans and played their game. Utah is doing great things and I’ll be back there for a USC game (Oct 15) in a few weeks and it should be good.”

In addition to visiting Utah, Boykin will check out UNLV this weekend, Maryland on Oct. 1 and Penn State on Oct. 22 for the White Out Game with Minnesota. He visited Colorado a few weeks ago when the Buffs hosted TCU.

“The visit to Colorado was wonderful,” Boykin said. “I was there with my cousin Jett White (USC fix) and we both had a great time. Armond Hawkins as well as Darian Hagan always show us a lot of love, so we wanted to go there, show our faces and see how things go.

“I liked talking to the coaches and seeing what they had going on. Now that Armond is there, I think they’re on their way and we had a really good time.”

The Panthers said goodbye this weekend so Boykin could see the Rebels take on New Mexico on Friday night.

“I’ve never been to UNLV before, so I’m looking forward to it,” Boykin said. “Coach Arroyo is a good guy and they are hard at work recruiting me so I want to see what it is like there.

“I’ve been to Pennsylvania State and they have a great RB tradition and they’re showing it off this year. I love that they develop players on and off the pitch. I also really like Coach Locks (Loxley) in Maryland. He great guy and on my last visit there we had a chance to sit down and talk and he opened my eyes and continued with me for real. He’s sure to take back Maryland.”

Despite the visits, it looks like Boykin will be a difficult player from Utah.

“Visits are good to see other things and different campuses,” Boykin said. “Anything can happen and every year there are always a lot of coaching changes. I’m still a junior, so it doesn’t hurt to see those other things.

“Utah is family. With Coach Whittingham, Coach Shah and Coach Gunther are great guys and I love it. I can’t wait to be back and like I said, I love what they do and I’m excited to be a part of it.”