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WVU Commit Tries Recruiting Receiver Tyler Boyd


When Chavas Rawlins committed to the West Virginia football team last week, he hopped on board not only to play football for the Mountaineers, but also to help them recruit.

That is because the Pennsylvania quarterback has a close relationship with a wide receiver who the WVU staff would very much like to add to the signing class for 2013.

Tyler Boyd, a 3-star prospect according to Rivals.com, is working with 20 offers at this point. His lead recruiter from the Mountaineers is associate head coach Steve Dunlap, but now that Rawlins has been reeled in, he intends to do some recruiting of his own.

"I'm definitely planning to talk to him and seeing what's up with him and try to pull him down here because I'd love to throw to him during my college career," Rawlins says.

Boyd, listed at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, hails from Clairton High School, while Rawlins plays for Monessen. The two teams will meet this fall, but the two hot recruits are already familiar with each other's games having just wrapped up the PA Swag 7-on-7 tournament together.

Each time Boyd gets another set of eyes on him, he opens them to the talent he can bring, and he says he likes the attention so far.

"I've been talking to a lot of teams, but I'm just trying to take my time with this process and enjoy it," says Boyd. "That's how I've approached it from the get-go. I feel like I'm a special player to some of these teams, but I just feel like I need to see which one I'm most interested in."

His offers include schools like Arizona, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Virginia Tech, but he does say that of the 20 currently after him, he believes he has filtered out a Top 10 list. West Virginia has made the preliminary cut.

The lure of an offense that has proven to put its receivers in a position to post big numbers is helping WVU at this point.

"I just love their offense," says Boyd. "I love how they run their offense and how good they do it. I've watched a couple of their highlights and everything and they run that spread so well that I could probably see myself in that offense. They're definitely in my top."

Boyd says a question he has been asked since WVU began recruiting him is why any receiver would not want to play in head coach Dana Holgorsen's offense and he admits he does not have a good answer.

In watching Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey succeed with Holgorsen's most recent attempt at a high-powered passing attack, mixed with the long line of receivers who came before them, he believes he could follow in their accomplishments.

"I definitely feel that way because they're passionate and especially after watching them play against Clemson in the bowl," Boyd says. "That was an awesome game."

There is no hurry for Boyd, who is more focused right now on continuing his Clairton team's streak of three-straight state titles in the fall. But he knows the decision is looming, and if Rawlins has anything to do with it, yet another Pennsylvania target will land in Morgantown in 2013.

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