Blue Chip Chat with...Tyler Boyd, Clairton High School
Boyd is one of the most versatile players in the WPIAL, and some scouting services rank him among the top 10 players in the state. On the varsity since his freshman year, Boyd has lost one game in his career and plays for a Clairton team that has won 47 games in a row. A year ago, he was first-team all-state after rushing for 2,400 yards on 186 attempts (12.9 average). He caught 15 passes for 316 yards and also scored 48 touchdowns.
Although he plays in the smallest classification, big-time colleges are recruiting Boyd. He has numerous scholarship offers, and Pitt and West Virginia are among his favorites. However, Boyd said he does not have a final list of schools. Virginia Tech, Boston College, Notre Dame, Arizona and Arizona State are some of the other schools that have offered scholarships. Some schools like him as a receiver, some are recruiting him as an "athlete."
Word is you might play some at quarterback this year? Yeah. I'll do a little bit of everything. It doesn't matter to me. I'm an athlete. I'll play wherever they need me.
After winning three state championships in a row, what will be the key to a fourth? More than likely leadership. I'm going to have to lead the team. The other thing is we have to get our lines together. The lines might be a little shaky at first.
Would anything less than a state championship be disappointing? Definitely. We don't want to be the one to break the streak.
You've lost one game in your varsity career. Do you realize how unusual that is? I don't know who else could come by that record. That's crazy.
Weren't you at a lot of places this summer? Yeah. I was at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta, I was in Dallas with my team for a 7 on 7 and I was at the Gridiron Kings at the Disney Complex in Florida. I think I proved myself everywhere I went.
Weren't you seriously considering Penn State at one time? They offered me a scholarship and they were definitely in the running as one of my top schools because they were having a great class. But now with those sanctions and what not, everything isn't the same. I'm not really looking at them now.
Some have said West Virginia might be your top school right now, and what about Pitt? I wouldn't say West Virginia is my tops, but it's a school I'm really interested in because I love their offense and they have a quarterback [recruit] from around here in [Monessen's] Chavas Rawlins. Pitt is in it because they're my hometown school and they were the first to offer. They are definitely in the hunt.
What if Clairton played, say, North Allegheny. Who would win? Keeping it real, that's a hard question. What I can say is that I know we would dominate them athlete-wise. I think we'd probably beat any team athlete-wise. We beat all the teams around here in 7 on 7. But North Allegheny might get us because of the line. Teams like that, their line is so big. But other than that, our athletes are the best around.
First Published August 13, 2012 12:00 am