- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
For the first time since 1942, there was no Backyard Brawl. But that doesn’t mean the storied Pittsburgh-West Virginia rivalry is dead. It’s now being played out on the recruiting grounds, where the latest version of the Brawl is coming down to a 2013 recruit, ESPN 300 Clairton (Pa.) High athlete Tyler Boyd.
A Pittsburgh commit since Jan. 5, Boyd, who is ranked No. 165 in the ESPN 300, originally said he would take official visits elsewhere. However, all planned visits were canceled except for a hastily-put-together visit to West Virginia last weekend.
Tonya Payne, Boyd’s mother, was asked after her son’s visit if the Mountaineers have her blessing. “No,” was her immediate response.