Boyd: "I'm going to stay with my bros"

Boyd: "I'm going to stay with my bros"

Citing loyalty and desire to play with his high school teammates Titus Howard and Terrish Webb, Tyler Boyd reaffirms pledge to Pitt. Other factors such as Paul Chryst's loyalty to Pitt also factor in his decision.

The ties between Pitt and Tennessee continue to grow.

There's the obvious Johnny Majors connection--Majors coaching at both schools. This morning, there was four-star quarterback Joshua Dobbs switching his commitment from Arizona State to Tennessee--which has already given the Vols a few more fans from Pitt. Ones still bitter about Todd Graham bolting after one year.

Then there was the news later this morning at around 10 am, that despite an impressive visit to Tennessee last weekend, Tyler Boyd was sticking with his commitment to Pitt.

"I'm going to stay with my bros," Boyd said, reaching into a bag and pulling out a Pitt hat. "I think that's the best thing for me. I'm going to stay with Pitt.

"I also want to thank every person who helped me out at practice. I want to thank my bros (Titus Howard and Terrish Webb). I also want to thank God."

Boyd said it was tempting, after visiting Tennessee last weekend. He was impressed with Knoxville, and everything that new head coach Butch Jones has to offer.

"With Tennessee, it's just beautiful down there," Boyd said. "It was amazing. It was something I never got to see before. It was a sight to see, but I just couldn't resist staying with my bros."

It's pretty evident these three are pretty close. If 64 consecutive wins and four state championships aren't enough to prove, Boyd continued to point out how important a factor it was.

"To me, its huge," Boyd said. "Probably every player that attended college is there by themselves. We're the first ones to come in together. I get to stay with my bros as long as possible. That's the best thing for me."

Boyd also cited Paul Chryst's loyalty to the Pitt program. Though Wisconsin never formally offered Chryst its vacant head coaching position after Bret Bielema left, it was something that caught Boyd's eye. Chryst being his head coach, and staying beyond his first year, clearly struck a tone with him.

"I think Coach Chryst showed us his loyalty," Howard said. "He had the chance to go to Wisconsin, and that's one of his favorites. He decided to stay with Pitt. He showed us loyalty. Also, we built a whole relationship with the whole coaching staff down there. They treat us like family."

Clairton head coach Tom Nola added that his program's loss is Pitt's to gain. He talked about how Howard, Webb and Boyd are not only football players, but pillars in their community.

"Our whole football team, even the rest of our senior class looks up to these guys," Nola said. "You'll see next year, how good these players are. They're going to do well there. I'm glad to see them sticking together."

Tyler Boyd
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 12 Safety
High School:
Clairton (PA)
Height, Weight:
6-1, 175
About Boyd:
- reaffirmed his commitment this morning at a ceremony at his school
- No. 12 safety in the country, but will play receiver at Pitt
- No. 8 overall player in Pennsylvania
- In 2012, rushed for 2,584 yards and 43 touchdowns, had 13 catches for 295 yards and three touchdowns, and scored 51 total touchdowns
- rushed for 2,400 yards as a junior with 48 total touchdowns; an average of three touchdowns per game
- helped his team to four consecutive state titles, all part of an impressive 64-game winning streak during his high school career
- first-team all-state selection
- member of both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fab 22 and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25

Terrish Webb
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 93 Wide Receiver
High School:
Clairton (PA)
Height, Weight:
6-0, 175
About Webb:
- finished with 4 catches for 99 yards with2 touchdowns;had an interception and a pass breakup on defense all in the WPIAL championship game that led to a Pitt offer
- led Clairton with 45 catches for 965 yards, and another 774 yards on the ground on 74 carries for 15 total touchdowns
- member of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25
- helped lead Clairton to four consecutive state championships, and a 64-game winning streak

Titus Howard
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 47 Safety
High School:
Clairton (PA)
Height, Weight:
6-3, 180
About Howard:
- No. 47 safety in the country
- No. 23 overall player in Pennsylvania
- member of both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fab 22 and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25
- helped lead Clairton to four consecutive state championships, and a 64-game winning streak
- finished with 25 catches for 510 yards, and another 189 yards on the ground on just 11 carries; six touchdowns scored on the season

PantherDigest.com Recommended Stories


Up Next


Clairton (Pa.) High four-star receiver Tyler Boyd made the announcement at his school moments ago.

Forums


353 Fans online
    Join The Conversation

    Tweets