An Ole Miss offer and extended family in the state of Mississippi prompted New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic wide receiver Miles Boykin to visit the Rebels earlier this week.
"It was awesome," Boykin said of the visit. "It's different from Illinois or anywhere in the Midwest pretty much. It's just a different feel, but I had a good time and liked it there."
Boykin and his father flew down to Oxford on Tuesday and stayed through Wednesday. They spent time with tight ends coach Maurice Harris and head coach Hugh Freeze. Boykin also spent one-on-one time with Illinois native and national freshman of the year Laquon Treadwell.
"They sent me off with Laquon just to see how dorm life was," Boykin said. "Me and Quon talked a lot. He was very helpful. We didn't talk too much football. We just talked about adjusting and how Mississippi is."
Ole Miss is recruiting the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Boykin as a tight end, and the coaching staff walked him through what that position entails.
"They explained to me that it's basically just a receiver with just a little more blocking," Boykin said. "They'd move me everywhere - outside, inside, the backfield. I definitely would rather play receiver, but I am open to it."
Boykin came out of his visit to Ole Miss with a better understanding of the school, but he was finding it difficult to contrast against previous visits he has taken.
"I think I need to visit another southern school before I can compare," he said. "They are kind of un-comparable to anything in the Midwest… it's just that different.
"The reason I wanted to visit in the first place is my dad was born in Jackson, Miss., and I have some family there, so I wanted to try it out. I didn't think I'd feel comfortable there, but I ended up really liking it there."
A four-star prospect and the nation's No. 10 wide receiver prospect in the 2015 class, Boykin will make his next visit on Thursday to see Michigan State.