A few weeks ago, the Pitt Panthers landed their most talked about recruit of the off-season in Tyler Boyd. The Clariton High School receiver has been in the recruiting spotlight as of late.
Boyd recently made an official visit right down the road to West Virginia University. Before this past season, WVU and Pitt were bitter rivalries. When WVU took off to the Big 12, it left the on-field rivalry seemingly in the dust. But the rivalry continues off the field in recruiting. Earlier this season, WVU seemed to be the front runner for Boyd but then Boyd committed to Pitt. Boyd’s mother has spoken up and said that she didn’t like the way that WVU has handled her son’s recruitment. She also told the Pittsburgh Tribune that her son “was under peer pressure to use his remaining visits.”
Whether it was peer pressure or not, Boyd made the trip to WVU. The Mountaineers have since replaced assistant coach Steve Dunlap with new hire Tony Gibson, who is actively pursuing Boyd. The problems that Boyd’s mother had with the recruiting process was controlled mostly by Dunlap, but now with Gibson at the reigns, things could change.
Shelton Gibson, a big recruit for the Mountaineers, is also attempting to persuade his friend from an off-season all star game to come to WVU on twitter telling him to “get with it”.
It’ll be fun for the rivalry to be renewed and we’ll see who comes out the winner next week on National Signing Day.
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