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2013 Prospect Tyler Boyd Excited By WVU Offer


Who says the Backyard Brawl is over? With West Virginia and Pittsburgh fighting over some of the same talented prep players, there are still plenty of battles to be waged between the two schools.

One of those athletes who both the Mountaineers and the Panthers would like to add to their rosters for the 2013 season is Tyler Boyd, a multitalented two-way player from Clairton (Pa.) High School, just half an hour from Pittsburgh.

On Thursday night, Boyd (see sophomore highlights here) had an opportunity to go see the rivalry in person as the basketball teams played out their edition of the Brawl, but his own practice kept him from accepting an invitation from the Panthers to attend the game. So instead, he watched it on television, and he rooted for the Mountaineers.

"Of course," says Boyd. "West V. used to be one of my favorite schools."

At Clairton, Boyd plays any number of positions. He can line up at safety on defense, a return man on special teams and running back and receiver offensively. At 6-foot-2, 178 pounds, he believes his best bet is to focus more on his role as a receiver when it comes to the college game.

Enter Dana Holgorsen.

Boyd attended WVU's junior day last weekend and as the trip was winding down, he was one of a select number of players who was called in to visit with the head coach.

"He was just telling me that West Virginia would be a great fit for me because they're spread out, I'm a great receiver and he coached 1,000-yard receivers like [Oklahoma State's Justin] Blackmon and all that, but that doesn't really mean anything – it's all determined by how you play and how you want it. But every receiver is doing great at West V.," says Boyd.

Holgorsen surely could have used Blackmon's name to highlight what a receiver can do in his offense, but he also has plenty of statistics he could pull from his first year in Morgantown to back up that fact, too.

And while Boyd could look at last year's games to get an idea of what to expect from the Mountaineers, he cannot do the same with Pittsburgh since it's a new staff. In the past, though, he has not come away overly impressed with the other half of the Backyard Brawl.

"I never disliked Pitt, but I don't think it's all that great of a fit for me because every Clairton player who went to Pitt didn't get any love," he says.

He can remember some of his high school's more promising prospects signing with Pittsburgh and then not getting the opportunity he felt they were capable of. Players like receiver Kevin Weatherspoon and linebacker Manny Williams, both of whom Boyd believes are capable of having a bigger impact than they've been allowed to contribute since joining the Panthers.  

Boyd already knew heading into the visit that he was interested in WVU, but a closer look at the campus only solidified that notion.

"I enjoyed myself, I liked it a lot," he says. "I got to tour the facilities and the weight room, but other than that, I already knew what to expect. Everything down there worked for me, so it might be a great fit for me."

He says it was important for him to really soak in all that the coaches had to say while he was around them and not waste any opportunity to learn as much as he could about one of the nine programs that have offered him so far.

In addition to WVU and Pittsburgh, schools like Penn State, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Arizona are holding scholarships for the junior.

Last season, Boyd says he racked up 48 total touchdowns while rushing for 2,400 yards, catching for another 300 and coming away with six interceptions.

There is still plenty of time for any school to come out and offer Boyd as he hasn't begun thinking about which programs he will visit or when he will make a decision, but he does know what he's looking for at this point in the game.

"I'm just looking at how badly they want me and how fast I could get into their offense or how well their offense fits with me and how I fit with the other players in it," says Boyd.

For now, he will focus on his senior season and giving teams even more to covet when they pop in his film.

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