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Boyd chooses Panthers

The Pittsburgh Panthers received some national publicity on Saturday, as Clairton (Pa.) four-star wide receiver Tyler Boyd announced his college decision via the nationally televised U.S. Army All-American Bowl on NBC. Boyd chose to stay home and he will fill a huge void for the Panthers.

Clairton's Tyler Boyd makes the call and "Pitt is it"

Boyd had Pitt, Michigan State and West Virginia hats on the table and he picked the Pitt cap.

"I want to help rebuild my town," Boyd said. "I want to draw more inspiration to it"

Boyd had long considered West Virginia to be his favorite, but Pittsburgh wide receiver coach Bobby Engram made up a lot of ground over the past few months. Boyd visited the Panthers in November and has not taken any other official visits.

There were reports back in December that Boyd would visit Arizona and Penn State. He never made either trip. Boyd cancelled the Penn State visit and showed up on Pitt's campus the same weekend.

Paul Chryst and his staff had three main targets in the WPIAL Robert Foster, Dorian Johnson and Boyd. All three took their official visits together in what was deemed the biggest recruiting weekend at Pitt in years.

On Nov. 18, Johnson announced that he would attend Pitt. Then on Dec. 21 Foster elected to choose Alabama. Now, Boyd selects the Panthers. Landing two of the top three prospects in their own backyard is absolutely critical for the success of the Panther's program.

Boyd fills an immediate need at wide receiver and he will likely make an instant impact from the time he steps on campus.

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