- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
One of the top athletes in the country, Clairton (Pa.) junior Tyler Boyd is already seeing extensive attention from programs with the beginning of the spring evaluation period.
Boyd, ranked No. 144 in the ESPN 150 and No. 13 among athletes, said Ole Miss, Rutgers and Stanford have already put in phone calls to his coach to set up a visit to Clairton.
Rebels receivers coach Grant Heard called Boyd, and the conversation was mostly just an introduction about the program.
“He was telling me about the offense they run,” Boyd said. “They run up-tempo, they run the spread. It’s the kind of offense I want to be in.”
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Boyd is open to playing either receiver or cornerback, but he admits he is most dominant on offense with the ball in his hands.
During a team workout Tuesday, Boyd said an assistant from Stanford called his coach. Boyd’s coach relayed to him that Stanford is looking to make it to Western Pennsylvania to see him soon. Boyd believes Stanford could be his next offer, bringing his total to 15.
“It’s just like Notre Dame,” Boyd said of Stanford. The Irish have already offered. “It’s a smart school, and I know I’ll get a great education. If I don’t make the league I’ll make good money.
“Other than that I know they’re a good team. They always got a good quarterback, always got someone to throw me the ball.”
Boyd also spoke with Rutgers assistant Darnell Dinkins on Tuesday, and Dinkins is trying to get Boyd to come to Piscataway, N.J., for the Scarlet Knights’ spring game April 28. Boyd might not be able to make it because of a 7-on-7 tournament, though.
It might be a similar case with the Penn State spring game this weekend. Boyd will compete at a 7 on 7 Saturday and does not know if he would be able to make it to State College, three hours away, in time for the game.
Boyd is still staying wide open with the recruiting process and does not list a top group.
“I’m just trying to keep in touch with everybody, trying to make the best decision.”