- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
As artist Meat Loaf once said, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.”
On Saturday, ESPN 300 athlete Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) committed to the Panthers during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, giving Pitt two of its top three Western Pennsylvania’s targets.
The addition of Boyd is a big one for the Panthers, who missed out on ESPN 150 receiver Robert Foster two weeks ago. The Panthers were hoping to pair both Boyd and Foster, who picked Alabama, at receiver, but they will settle for Boyd and Belle Vernon (Pa.) Area offensive tackle Dorian Johnson, the No. 2 tackle nationally.
Boyd should have an opportunity to break into the lineup early at Pitt following a stellar career at Clairton, where he became the WPIAL’s career touchdown leader with 117. The previous record was held by Rushel Shell, who was an impact freshman for the Panthers this past fall.
With three-star quarterback Tra’von Chapman committed and set to join 2012 signee and former four-star quarterback Chad Voytik, coach Paul Chryst is building a solid offense at Pittsburgh. Johnson is a bookend tackle, Shell could be set for a breakout sophomore season and Boyd provides a home-run threat out wide.
The key to a turnaround at Pitt is keeping the area’s top talent at home, and Chryst took a big step in that direction by landing Boyd, who was not considering Pitt much as late as this summer.