As I mentioned over the weekend, Pitt had a pretty bad Saturday losing both their bowl game and their basketball game against Rutgers. But the day was salvaged a bit with the verbal commitment the football program picked up from local receiver Tyler Boyd.
Some may have thought that Boyd was always coming to Pitt and that his mind had been made up for a while. But even though they were the first to offer a scholarship, according to him, that wasn't the case:
"Probably within the last week, I decided on Pitt," Boyd said.
The decision also gave Pitt a bit of national exposure on national TV:
Clairton‘s Tyler Boyd made a verbal commitment to Pitt on Saturday during the first quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at Alamodome in San Antonio, just two weeks after Central Valley‘s Robert Foster surprised many by choosing Alabama over Pitt.
Flanked by his mother, Tonya Payne, Clairton coach Tom Nola and others, Boyd selected a Pitt hat over West Virginia and Michigan State during the nationally televised game.
Love the hat thing ... at least when Pitt wins out.
But if you're looking for a downer, voila:
However, Boyd, who has about 30 scholarship offers, still plans to take at least two more official visits — to Michigan State and Tennessee — over the next four weeks.
He will visit Michigan State on Jan. 18 and has yet to confirm a date to visit Tennessee.
Verbal commitments are nonbinding until signing day Feb. 6. Boyd said he will make his decision final following those last two visits.