Tough decision ahead for Boyd

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During the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 5, four-star prospect and Clairton, Pa., native Tyler Boyd threw on a Pitt Panthers cap in front of national television audience. Less than a month later he isn't so sure about that commitment.

Boyd visited Tennessee officially over the weekend and the Volunteers showed him something he wasn't ready for just days before National Signing Day.

"It was fun," Boyd said. "It was a really great experience. I love it out here. There were a lot of things I hadn't seen. I definitely love it out here.

"The whole campus, the city, it was just really exciting to see. It is wonderful out here. Especially when the weather gets better it is going to be even better compared to West Virginia and Pitt. It was a different experience for me and I liked it."

For Boyd, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver prospect, his recruitment to Rocky Top started long ago. However, he wasn't originally being recruited to Tennessee. Instead, it was relationships forged with the new Orange & White coaching staff at other schools that has the Vols in the running down the stretch.

"With these coaches I have been there with Coach (Zach Azzanni) and he has been recruiting me since he was at Wisconsin and Butch (Jones) and all those guys from Cincinnati, they have been on me since Day 1," Boyd said. "I have a strong relationship with them so we will see what happens on Wednesday."

Boyd now ranks Tennessee neck and neck alongside his current commitment Pitt and says that West Virginia is in a distant third after they didn't get the nod from his mother. And while Boyd's mother didn't attend his visit to Knoxville he said she would have loved east Tennessee.

"I am probably going to sit down with my Mom and just talk about everything — all the pros and cons of all my trips and everything I liked and didn't like," he said. "I think I will be ready to sign on Wednesday though.

"I think if she would have come down here she would have liked it too, but I am a man I can do well on my own. I have taken a bunch of trips. I have been everywhere and I would be cool if I was down here. She never said she didn't like Tennessee. Her downfall was it was too far. I guess she wanted to see me every week, but I have to make the right choice for me."

When asked if Tennessee had pulled even with Pittsburgh just days before he inks with his future choice, Boyd had a grin that would make your average Tennessee fan's heart skip a beat.

"They are up there pretty high," he said. "It is going to come down to those two. I just have to sit down and think about it. Just touring around and seeing everything —Neyland Stadium, everything. Everything was wonder, amazing and caught my eye. I enjoyed my trip and had a fun time."

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