Pitt makes giant leap with Tyler Boyd

A few months ago, Pittsburgh’s chances of landing Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) were close to nonexistent. Following an official visit to the nearby program this weekend, the Panthers are right around the top.

The ESPN 300 athlete visited the same weekend as teammate Titus Howard and ESPN 150 prospects Robert Foster and Dorian Johnson, and the four spent much of the weekend with Pitt players Rushel Shell, Trenton Coles, Adam Bisnowaty and Cameron Saddler, who was Boyd’s host. They all went to the Pitt basketball game Saturday, and the experience made a big impression on Boyd.

“I think it’s something that resonated with Tyler,” said Clairton assistant coach Eric Fusco, who was with Boyd for much of the visit. “Honestly, two months ago if you asked me what chance [Pitt] had of them getting him, I would have said less than 5 percent.”

That is no longer the case. Boyd, who was originally supposed to visit Wisconsin, has a realistic chance of signing with Pitt, which is just a short drive from Clairton.

“They’re going to be there until the end. I can just tell from talking with him,” Fusco said. “He’s comfortable. He has a good relationship with [receivers coach Bobby] Engram.”

It has been rumored West Virginia leads for Boyd, but Fusco says that is not the case. There is not a top group or leader for Pitt to chase.

“There’s no clear-cut favorite now. His top schools are going to be the ones that want him the most,” Fusco said. “He feels he can go to any program in the country and compete for a job. He’s going to go where he feels he can be an impact freshman, which could be several schools.”

Boyd, No. 161 in the ESPN 300, decided Tuesday to make an official visit to Pitt instead of Wisconsin when it was realized Boyd, who turned 18 on Thursday, would not be able to fly to Madison without a government-issued ID card.