LB Derek Boykins (6-2 215) of Concord, NC spent his early years living in Beaufort. He’ll be returning to his native state to play his college football after committing to USC Saturday afternoon while on an official visit. The Gamecocks had been his favorite for an extended period and he chose them over offers from Clemson, Texas, A&M, Louisville, Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, NC State, North Carolina, Kentucky and others.
“Once we got to Coach Muschamp’s house, I was like, yeah, I’m fixing to do it,” Boykins said. “I didn’t really have no relationship like that with no other head coach. When we were going to Clemson I only talked to Dabo (Swinney) one time. Tennessee, talked to Coach Pruitt like twice. But like Muschamp, it was really every day.”
Boykins said he first told linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler of his commitment and then they went to Muschamp.
“He said it was about time,” Boykins said. “I feel good. I feel like this was what it was supposed to be all along. They are really looking at my versatility. I’m not a 240 (pound) linebacker and I’m not a 200 pound linebacker. I just weighed in at 225. I can still move. I can still run. He said I can play all over. I can play Sam. I can play Will. Mike. I can play the Dime. They mainly look at me for the Dime right now.”
Boykins is the second commitment for the Gamecocks’ recruiting weekend, both on the defensive side. Defensive end Joseph Anderson of Murfreesboro, TN committed on Friday. He gives the Gamecocks 14 pledges for their 2019 class.
“The class is great,” he said. “Honestly, all these big D-linemen we got, like (Zacch) Pickens and them. I had a conversation with him and he’s like, ‘We’re going to keep the lineman off you.’ That’s going to give us time to run and make plays at linebacker. I talked to Jammie (Robinson). He wanted to take some more officials and then he’ll do what he do. I feel like everybody had a great time. I feel like everybody fit in where we at. That’s a good spot. Can’t go nowhere but up.”
Boykins said the commitment ends his recruiting and won’t take any more visits. He is taking his official visit to USC this weekend and he is in with his parents and his siblings.