Although the Clairton football team's high level of success has been fueled by many talented players over the past decade, the few Clairton players who have made it to the Division I college level have enjoyed moderate success, at best.
Tyler Boyd vows he will be different.
Boyd is a Clairton senior star who announced Saturday he will play next season at Pitt. Boyd played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday in San Antonio, with some of the best players in the country. He made his college announcement during the game.
Boyd made his mark as a running back at Clairton, but he is expected to play receiver at Pitt. Boyd, who also played receiver in the Army game, is aware Clairton players haven't been extremely successful at the Division I college level.
"I think I'm a different player than the rest of the guys who have come out of Clairton," he said. "Just look at all the awards I've won and things I've accomplished. Just making this [Army All-American Bowl] game down here is something. I think I'm doing good things and I think I've proven myself."
Boyd played very little at receiver for Clairton. He was usually lined up in the backfield and finished his career as the fifth-leading rusher in WPIAL history.
But that didn't stop many colleges from recruiting him as a receiver. Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan State, Tennessee and Rutgers were his other finalists.
Here are the WPIAL players from the class of 2013 who have made verbal commitments to Division I-A colleges so far (high school players can't sign a binding letter of intent with a school until Feb. 6):
PITT -- Tyler Boyd, Clairton (WR); Zach Challingsworth, South Fayette (WR); Titus Howard, Clairton (DB); Dorian Johnson, Belle Vernon (OL); Scott Orndoff, Seton-LaSalle, (TE); Jaymar Parrish, Gateway (FB).
WEST VIRGINIA -- Hodari Christian, McKeesport (LB); Chavas Rawlins, Monessen (QB).
AKRON -- Zach Guiser, Greensburg Central Catholic (DB); Michael Kish, Brentwood (TE); Thomas Woodson, Gateway (QB).
ALABAMA -- Robert Foster, Central Valley (WR).
KENT STATE -- Terrish Webb, Clairton (DB).
MICHIGAN -- Pat Kugler, North Allegheny (OL).
OHIO -- Dorian Brown, Baldwin (RB).
TEMPLE -- Matt Barone, Montour (OL); Tyler Haddock, Montour (DL).
UTEP -- Mack Leftwich, North Allegheny (QB).
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