Tyler Boyd has never lost a game in his high school career, and he has helped the Bears to three consecutive state championships. Even with a strong tradition established, Boyd had an explosive junior year rushing for over 2,400 yards and scoring a total of 48 touchdowns—an average of three touchdowns per week.
Boyd has barely been off of football a month, and he's already planning his offseason and looking ahead to his senior season.
"I have been playing basketball, too," Boyd added. "I got an invitation to the Nike Camp in Philadelphia. I also got invited to a camp at Rutgers in February. They said I was the only one from the area invited."
He has also heard from several schools, some that have come by his high school as recent as this week.
"I got a call from Virginia Tech today, and it sounds like they're going to offer next week, so that's pretty nice," Boyd said. "Boston College came through today. I think they already offered me, but I'll have to wait and see since there's not too much contact with the juniors yet."
Boyd also expects to hear from Pitt, and new head coach Paul Chryst.
"I've had contact with Pitt, but I haven't met the new Pitt coach yet," Boyd said. "That's not a problem. They need to let him get settled in, then he can take over."
Boyd expects to contribute to one of the local 7-on-7 teams this spring, as part of the Badger Sports 7-on-7 season. Last spring, multiple teams represented the area regionally and nationally. Boyd will be a part of a team that will include several players from nearby schools such as Gateway. Though Gateway is a Quad-A program, and his Clairton team is Single-A, Boyd feels the opportunity to play up is a testament to his program—and one he feels will help pay off when he gets set for his senior season.
"I fit in just fine; I have the athletic ability to compete with the big boys," Boyd said. "That's one of the reasons we're able to dominate Class A. We're strong against all these big schools (in 7-on-7 play), that when we play down (in the regular season), we do very well."
A month into his basketball season, Boyd has helped Clairton to an unbeaten mark in conference play. He's averaging 14 points and eight rebounds a game so far.