Unfortunately, my last blog entry posted to the web before I was finished, and I didn’t realize it.
To pick up where I left off…
Tyler Boyd apparently is much more interested in Pitt than ever before. Where West Virginia was once believed to be his leader, the Mountaineers’ defensive demise during their five-game losing streak has the Clairton receiver prospect worried that he could be moved to safety out of necessity. Where Boyd once was high on Penn State, the NCAA sanctions against the Nittany Lions have hurt their cause. (Even so, Boyd is supposed to visit Penn State this weekend). Boyd also is considering Arizona, Michigan State and Wisconsin, and was scheduled to take an official visit to Madison last weekend for the Ohio State game but ran into a stumbling block: He turned 18 last Thursday and doesn’t have government-issued identification, which is required to board an airplane.
After the Clairton-Neshannock WPIAL Class A semifinal game Friday night at Chartiers-Houston, I asked Boyd about his impending visit to Pitt. He seemed interested in playing with former Clairton great Kevin Weatherspoon and Bears teammate Titus Howard, a cornerback who committed to the Panthers in June, as well as possibly playing alongside fellow WPIAL stars Foster and Johnson, not to mention Panthers tailback Rushel Shell.
“In my eyes,” Boyd said, “they’ve got championship hopes if we were to go there.”
Pitt already has commitments from seven Western Pennsylvania prospects, including five from the WPIAL: South Fayette receiver Zach Challingsworth, Clairton’s Howard, Belle Vernon’s Johnson, Seton-La Salle tight end Scott Orndoff and Gateway fullback/H-back Jaymar Parrish. The Panthers also have commitments from McDowell defensive end James Conner and Milford Academy defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett, an Allderdice alum.
Boyd not only grew up with Jarrett, who has Clairton roots, but they are stepbrothers.
Don’t be surprised if Pitt gets involved with two more WPIAL prospects, both of whom are committed to Mid-American Conference schools. The Panthers could go after Clairton receiver Terrish Webb, a Kent State recruit, if Foster falls through. And Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel said that the Panthers are showing interest in Mike Kish, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end who has committed to Akron, to play center. Kish hasn’t played the position since midget football but would likely switch schools if offered a scholarship.