"I would like to say it was coach Engram," said Boyd's mom, Tonya Payne. "I think he's an inspirational man. I think he's probably going to be a very good coach, and help Tyler develop as a person, a player and a student."
The added bonus is Boyd will play close to home. Clairton is less than 20 miles from Pittsburgh's campus.
"It's going to be at home for him, for me and my family," Payne said. "My father is a little older and goes to all the games, and he will still be able to go. It's exciting and overwhelming. I've been thinking the whole way here my little Class A player is going in this situation."
Class A or not, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Boyd is a major talent.
He was recruited to play receiver after starring as a do-everything player for Clairton. He played receiver, running back, quarterback and safety, he was also influential on special teams.
He ran for 2,584 yards and 43 touchdowns, had 13 catches for 295 yards and three touchdowns, and scored 51 total touchdowns during a 16-0 state title season.
"He fits in anywhere because he's so good," Clairton coach Tom Nola said. "He's got great vision. He can see what is happening ahead of time. That's his best quality. He has play-making skills, great speed, great hands, runs patterns well and as a running back he can cut without slowing down.
"You can move him around and line him up on some plays wide and other times put him in the slot."
Boyd wanted to play in an offense that pushed the ball down the field, and Pittsburgh provides that.
The capper on the decision, though, was his relationship with the Panthers' coaching staff. "I believe he and his mom talked and (distance) was one of the factors," Nola said. "He likes the Pitt coaching staff, especially coach Engram."