Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Latest on Boyd, WVU, Pitt and Vols
By Vince Verhei
UPDATE: Four-star athlete Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) is torn. National signing day is less than 24 hours away and a decision from Boyd may not be forthcoming.
"Payne said the family is considering making Boyd’s final decision private and behind closed doors," ESPN RecruitingNation's Jared Shanker reported. "There is also discussion a letter of intent will not be signed Wednesday at all."
Boyd remains committed to Pitt despite some recent rumblings he decommitted. He still likes West Virginia despite his mother's protests. And a recent visit to Tennessee went very well.
"I think he will remain with Pitt," Shanker tweeted.
It's good news for Tennessee, bad news for West Virginia, and situation neutral for Pittsburgh in the recruitment of Tyler Boyd.
ESPN.com recruiting expert Jared Shanker reports, via text message from Boyd's mother Tonya Payne, that an in-home visit with West Virginia has been cancelled. Pittsburgh's in-home visit tonight is still on, and that will be the only team to set foot in Boyd's house.
The tug of war between Boyd and his mother may lead the ESPN 300 athlete in another direction altogether.
"His mother told me this morning that she is not sure where WVU stands in regard to Tyler despite the in-home visit being canceled," Shanker wrote. "We'll see what happens this weekend in Knoxville, but UT might be a little too late to the party. I think the Vols do find themselves in a good position, though. UT could be a happy medium between WVU and Pitt."