Recruit Report: Down year for WPIAL recruits in I-A

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Some of the hottest and most interesting football recruiting battles are often in January and early February, but it will be pretty quiet on the Western Pennsylvania front for the next month.

National letter-of-intent day is Feb. 6, but just about all of the top prospects in the WPIAL have already made their college decisions, with the exception of Clairton's Tyler Boyd. Besides Boyd, there could be only a few more WPIAL seniors who will end up with a scholarship from a Division I-A school.

So far, only 16 players from WPIAL schools have made verbal commitments to I-A colleges. This senior class is one of the smallest in WPIAL history, in terms of Division I-A players. Two years ago might have been the lowest in 40-50 years when 21 players signed with Division I schools.

Boyd, a receiver-defensive back, is playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl all-star game Saturday in San Antonio with top players from around the country. Boyd originally had planned to announce his college choice at the game, but said recently that he might choose to wait until he makes some visits to schools later this month.

Boyd now says his top schools are Pitt, Michigan State, West Virginia, Rutgers, Tennessee and possibly Penn State.

Another Clairton player still must make up his mind about college. Receiver-defensive back Terrish Webb committed to Kent State in the fall, but a few things happened in the past few months that made him re-think his decision. First, Pitt offered a scholarship in late November. Then Kent State coach Darrell Hazell left Kent State to become Purdue's coach.

So, Webb re-opened his recruiting. Pitt is high on his list, but Toledo also is a contender. Pitt already has a commitment from another Clairton player -- receiver-defensive back Titus Howard.

Elsewhere in the WPIAL, Montour receiver-defensive back Devin Wilson still hasn't decided whether to play football or basketball in college, but more Division I basketball colleges are now starting to show interest in him.

Washington coach Mike Bosnic said there is a slight possibility Pitt might offer a scholarship to linebacker Jaylin Kelly. Kelly already has visited Delaware and plans to visit Youngstown State this month.

Washington junior running back Shai McKenzie picked up a scholarship offer from Tennessee Christmas Eve. McKenzie already has offers from some other major colleges, including Pitt, Maryland, Connecticut and Purdue.

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