Clairton, PA wide receiver Tyler Boyd was at the Rivals100 5 star challenge last weekend and hooked up with Penn State QB commit Christian Hackenberg for “several” touchdowns.
Boyd surprised a lot of the scouts and brought some real attention to himself. Meanwhile, Hackenberg was building a relationship with the four star wideout both on and off the field.
Christian was named the top quarterback at the event, outshining USC commit Max Browne, another one of the top quarterback recruits in the country. Apparently, the idea of playing with a guy like Hack, or more specifically, Hack himself, is enticing to Tyler Boyd.
I’m hearing that Penn State is now a “heavy favorite” for the 6’1″ Pennsylvania native. Joining PSU in Boyd’s top three are apparently West Virginia and USC, who Boyd grew up cheering for. Boyd is hoping to take a trip to USC but it’s unclear if the Trojans are in a position to recruit another receiver. Michael Castillo, lead editor for ReignofTroy.com tells me:
“The Trojans are gearing up for the post Robert Woods-Marqise Lee era, which has seen Kiffn bring in one receiver in 2012 and three more for 2013.” He adds “One of those however, Sebastian LaRue, has a really strong shot of being flipped to corner, a position he’s played well in high school. If LaRue plays defense, they could look for another receiver, but a limit of 15 scholarships really is limiting.”
Tyler might be the kind of kid that USC finds room for but as Michael noted 15 scholarships can go by fast.
Following his weekend in Atlanta, Boyd had planned on making a trip to Happy Valley Thursday to work out with Hackenberg some more. He suffered an injury on Wednesday, though, and was unable to make the trip. I’m not sure he would have been on commit-watch had he visited Penn State, but a little recruiting from some of Penn State’s top committed players couldn’t have hurt.
I don’t often report information from “sources” but the last time I did, it was to report that Dorian Johnson favored Penn State over Pitt…
To those of you who follow me on Twitter, this is who I was talking about on Wednesday evening. Sorry for the suspense, I was waiting for a little more information.
You can see Boyd’s film HERE.
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