An already strong defensive core at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College got a shot in the arm this summer with the addition of Michael Boykin.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end from Carrollton, Ga., signed with Louisville in February but enrolled at Gulf Coast in July. He’s a two-year player, who will be eligible to sign with another Division I program as a member of the 2018 class.
“He’s really long and athletic,” MGCCC coach Chad Huff said. “He’s been working out with us this summer. He can really run well for a big kid and is strong in the weight room.
“He really, really jumped out there and started trying to lead with the rest of the defensive linemen.”
Boykin recorded 34 tackles, seven sacks and 18 tackles for loss as a senior and is considered a three-star recruit. He ultimately signed with Louisville over offers from Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Ohio State and others, according to Louisville’s website.
MGCCC’s defensive line was already strong, anchored by Isaiah Buggs, Hancock’s Carson Jordan and others. Adding Boykin gives offenses another player to worry about in pass protection.
“He’ll be able to pass rush as well as be strong to play the run,” Huff said. “He’s very versatile.
“We’ve got some good ones there coming back (along defensive line), so hopefully he’ll be able to rotate in.”
MGCCC players officially report to campus Aug. 10 and will kickoff preseason practice Aug. 11.