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National Signing Day 2018: CB Noah Boykin commits to Notre Dame over Florida

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A Signing Day stunner with a truly bizarre set of twists.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 25 Florida State at Florida Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Florida Gators could have added another member to their secondary today with the signing of four-star cornerback Noah Boykin.

But Boykin, who decommitted from Maryland last month, chose Notre Dame over the Gators, Terrapins, and Virginia — despite most signs pointing to him spurning the Gators for the Cavaliers.

The 6’2”, 170-pound Washington, D.C. native was widely expected to join the Gators after deciding to open up his recruitment after making an official visit to UF. A run of Crystal Ball predictions on Wednesday morning for Virginia suggested, however, that proximity to home and family won the day for the Cavaliers.

And then Boykin announced for Notre Dame in a commitment ceremony at his high school, proving empirically that only he had the full picture of his recruitment.

Boykin would have been a fine addition to Florida’s 2018 recruiting class, which is lacking in true cornerback commits — defensive back Trey Dean is a corner/safety hybrid who will likely start at the corner position, but he’s the only one. Instead, the Gators will likely need to add another corner to their 2019 wish list.