Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Pitt keeps class together
By Andrea Adelson
There was no doubt a bit of anxiousness over the last several days in Pittsburgh, with word spreading that four-star commit Tyler Boyd was having second thoughts.
Turns out, there was no need to worry. Boyd signed with the Panthers on Wednesday, giving the Panthers a pretty strong class as they make their move to the ACC. The Panthers inked Boyd and two teammates from Clairton (Pa.) High -- three-star defensive backs Titus Howard and Terrish Webb.
They also brought in four-star offensive lineman Dorian Johnson, the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation, to help upgrade a position in major need of improvement. Boyd, however, made headlines in recent days when his commitment appeared to be murky. When he made his announcement for Pitt on Wednesday, Boyd told reporters in Pittsburgh, "I want to stay with my brothers," referring to Howard and Webb.
Boyd, ranked the No. 165 player on the ESPN 300, played both receiver and running back in high school and has been listed as an athlete. The Panthers will no doubt find a way to use his explosive playmaking abilities, an area they need to upgrade for the 2013 season.