Trenton Coles committed to Pitt a little over a week ago. One of the reasons Clairton has been so successful is because there's always another superstar coming up in the following class.
The Bears still won a state championship in 2010, despite having to replace Kevin Weatherspoon who signed with Pitt. This year, the Bears have to replace Desimon Green, who signed with Texas Tech. Clairton looks poised to repeat as both WPIAL and PIAA champions because they'll have Coles for another year. When Coles graduates, the Bears will still have Tyler Boyd, who recently picked up a verbal offer from Pitt.
"I like Pitt," Boyd adds. "I was excited about (the offer). I wasn't expecting that this early, but yeah it feels good. Me and Trenton Coles, but he just committed to Pitt. There's other schools looking at me, but nobody else has offered me yet."
Boyd opened some eyes in the Class A state championship game last year, catching touchdown passes of 37 yards and 83 yards, sparking the Bears to a come-from-behind win over Riverside. Clairton trailed 24-0 at one point.
Boyd credits the amount of time his team puts in during the offseason, mainly through 7-on-7, where Clairton regularly beats triple-A and quad-A schools. Clairton had to defeat a talented Montour team twice on its way to a perfect 8-0 mark at the Pitt 7-on-7, and a championship.
"It was about bragging rights," Boyd said of winning at Pitt. "Everyone thought that we weren't that good, that we weren't playing anybody. We did good. We beat Quad-A schools, we beat everybody. Just because we're single-A, they don't think we can play with them.
"We stay with talent, we stay with talent. The only thing we have that's a weakness is our line. We've always got talent, though."
Boyd expects to play a number of positions this season, but has no preference as to which position he'll play at the next level.
"I'm going to play in a bunch of different spots to help my team," Boyd said. "Wherever I have to play to win is where I'm going to play. I don't have a preference, but probably wideout for right now."