Boyd Closer To Decision

Tyler Boyd helped Clairton to its fifth consecutive WPIAL championship; rushing for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns, and completing 2-of-3 passes for another 87 yards and a touchdown pass.

Not many high school athletes get to experience what one like Tyler Boyd has gotten a chance to experience in one week.

This one week included an official visit to Pittsburgh, a WPIAL championship for his Clairton team. Not just any WPIAL championship, but a fifth consecutive one for his team and 60th consecutive win for the program. The last time the program lost a game was in Boyd's freshman year; his first high school game.

Since that 15-8 loss to Laurel on September 4, 2009, it's been all up.

"I think I'm totally blessed with talent, but I think it's my whole team that's with me," Boyd said. "They're riding, so we're going to finish at the end."

Boyd threw for 87 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and also caught two touchdowns. Basically, another day at the office for his standard. That was Friday.

His week started with an official to Pittsburgh, a visit he was still glowing about five days later.

"I just liked hanging out with the teammates; Rob Foster and a couple of the high school players," Boyd said. "On top of that, we were up there with Rushel Shell and Cameron Saddler. It was a great experience up there; having a ball with those boys."

Saddler--in perhaps his final call as a member of the Pitt roster--is usually the biggest recruiter of current players--had one more chance to make an impact as a host, and it sounds like he did. Along others from Saddler's past include Todd Thomas and Rushel Shell.

"We ate real good up there at Pitt," Boyd added. "They fed us well. We did have a couple things. We went to the basketball game. We saw that a little bit, then we just went out a little bit."

Boyd said he also got a sense of some football as well; aside from tours, presentations on academics and looks at facilities and locker rooms.

"As soon as we went up to the facilities, (receivers) coach (Bobby) Engram was in there showing the plays, and everybody's assignments," Boyd said. "We had a chance to take a look at a couple plays."

Boyd did say he has an announcement date in mind; January 4 at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio. Boyd is the first Class A player to be invited to the game."

Yeah, that's what I'm looking at," Boyd said when asked, "That's a great honor (to be invited). It's a great accomplishment."

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