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WVU leads, OSU lurks for ESPN 300 ATH

Clairton (Pa.) athlete Tyler Boyd has 20 offers to his name and is wanted by a number of programs up and down the East Coast and in the Midwest, but it is a nearby program that is still showing him the most love.

West Virginia sits atop the leaderboard for Boyd, an ESPN 300 prospect that comes in at No. 159 nationally.

“Definitely West V. They just on me the hardest, and I like their offense,” the four-star receiver/cornerback said when asked about favorites. “I can come in there and destroy it and be a perfect fit. I’d probably just say them really.

“… [Assistant] Coach [Steve] Dunlap, I was talking to him a little bit with (quarterback commit) Chavas Rawlins. I be talking to Chavas a lot, too, trying to unite us there.”

The Mountaineers are not in the clear just yet for Boyd, though, who will take his decision into his senior season.

Ohio State has shown Boyd a lot of interest recently, and Boyd has talked with Buckeyes assistant Luke Fickell. Boyd is trying to make a visit to Columbus soon, and he said Fickell told him an offer is waiting for him if he ever makes it on campus.

“He was telling me they were very impressed and him and Coach Urban Meyer checked out my highlight tape and liked it,” Boyd said. “That’s a great program to be involved with and to pick up an offer from there, one of the biggest colleges in the U.S. really, I was waiting for that because I like their team and I like how Urban Meyer runs the offense.”

When asked if Ohio State would join West Virginia at the top if the Buckeyes offer, Boyd answered “definitely.”

Both Penn State and Pittsburgh are also making a major push for the Keystone State's No. 7 player.

“(Pitt) just wants me in the heaviest way because they’re so local. They send me about 20 letters,” he said. “I stay in touch with Coach [Bobby] Engram. He came from the same area as me. He knows how to talk to me and relate to me and everything.

First-year Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has also made an impression on Boyd.

“He seems loyal like I told you in the past,” said Boyd, who has made a few visits this year. “He’s so trustworthy and I can relate to him.

“And they got the No. 1 quarterback (Christian Hackenberg). He try to hit me up on Facebook. That’s a good place, and then I heard (Will) Fuller went there.”

Cincinnati, Illinois, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech are a few other programs Boyd said are after him hardest.