- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Clairton, Pa., athlete Tyler Boyd is fresh off a 200-yard, five-touchdown performance, becoming the WPIAL's career touchdown leader. Football is his Friday focus, as his Clairton team is in the middle of a record run and a fourth straight title chase.
During the week, however, the ESPN 300 recruit has his hands full with recruiting.
On Thursday, Penn State and Wisconsin, two teams outside the four-star prospect's immediate top group, will come visit him at school and at home. Lions assistant coach Stan Hixon will be coming by for Penn State, and the belief is that Badgers assistant coach Charlie Partridge will come on Wisconsin's behalf.
Following Friday's PIAA Class A semifinal, Boyd will make an official visit to West Virginia. He last visited the Mountaineers in September for a game.
The Mountaineers are considered one of the favorites for Boyd, who also has Pittsburgh near the top of his list. Pitt hosted him for his first official visit the weekend of Nov. 16.
Arizona, Michigan State and Rutgers are also in the running for Boyd. The Wildcats are slated to get an official visit the weekend of Dec. 14, but that could be canceled as Clairton will likely play in the state championship Dec. 14 and Arizona plays its bowl game the following day.
Wisconsin was originally set to receive Boyd's first official visit, but talks broke down shortly before the weekend. Boyd said last week he is unsure where he stands with the Badgers now, but it appears the Badgers are making a concerted effort to get back in the picture for Boyd.
An announcement will likely come Jan. 4.
Clairton is in the midst of a run of 61 consecutive wins, which broke the previous state record of 59. Boyd and his senior classmates have an opportunity to win four WPIAL titles and four state championships en route to a 63-1 career record.
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