MSU couldn't reel in a commitment from storied basketball star Jabari Parker, however the Spartans may be able to convince star wide receiver Tyler Boyd to join gang green. Boyd is a four star recruit from Clairton, Pennsylvania. He's ranked as the 60th best recruit nationally, 8th best receiver, and 2nd best in the state of Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette crowned Boyd as the player of the year. Boyd is a product of single parent household that is overseen by his devoted mother. Boyd's home burned down last year in a tragic fire. Despite all the tough times in Boyd's life he has prospered on the football field. Boyd was the "go-to-guy" for Clairton. He amassed 2,567 rushing yards (averaging over 11 yards per carry), caught 12 passes for 200-plus yards, and scored over 50 touchdowns. He even played quarterback at times displaying his knowledge of the game and pure athleticism.
Boyd led the charge for the Clairton Bears, leading them to a state title and 63 game win streak (currently the longest streak in the country). Boyd finished his career with 5,755 rushing yards paired with a stellar 117 touchdowns. Boyd is a gifted athlete who earned all section accolades in basketball and joined the Bears baseball team mid season earning a starting short stop role. Boyd's coaches praise his knowledge and awareness on the field.
Colleges are recruiting Boyd as a receiver due to his physical frame (6'2'' 175 lbs). He's lengthy and quick, with good down field speed. Boyd will participate in the US Army All American Game. He's made official visits to numerous schools and will be visiting MSU in the next few weeks. Spartan fans should keep their fingers crossed. Boyd is a special talent that is a good fit for Coach Dantonios offense. He could pair well with incoming freshman quarterback Damion Terry.
To get an understanding of how good Boyd is just look at the company he's joined with. Both Paul Posluszny and Terelle Pryor were named Post Gazette players of the year. With options like Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Illinois Boyd will have a tough choice to make. MSU offers a lot for a young star recruit. Besides a strong football program, Boyd can benefit from strong academics, a plethora of social avenues, and Big Ten notoriety. One can only hope that Boyd will be impressed with East Lansing and raise the Spartan Shield.