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December 4, 2012

Boyd overcoming doubts about talent


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The records and honors continue to roll in for Tyler Boyd.

The Clairton (Pa.) Bears not only have the nation's longest active winning streak at 61 games, the U.S. Army All-American and his teammates broke the Pennsylvania state record for consecutive wins, a very impressive feat in the storied history of Pennsylvania football.

Breaking records as a team is one thing, breaking individual records is another. Out of all the incredible players that played high school football in Pennsylvania, Boyd is just one touchdown away from owning the career rushing TD record.

"We have won 61 games straight going into the state semifinals next weekend," said the 6-foot-1, 168-pound Boyd. "It's a great accomplishment, especially in the state of Pennsylvania. We're gaining recognition as a small school and we're making a big name for ourselves so everyone knows about us. It says a lot about our hard work.

"I broke Rushel Shell's record and I'm tied with Jeremiah Young's state record," he said. "I'll break that if I get one more touchdown. Rushel and I are pretty close friends and when I took my official visit to Pittsburgh we had a really good time. He is encouraging me and motivating me on Twitter to do as well as I can and break the records."

One honor that Boyd says tops all the others is being named a U.S. Army All-American.

"It means pretty much the world to me," he said. "It's a huge honor for me and my family and everybody that's worked hard with me. To be one of only a few kids and in Pennsylvania to be selected is a huge honor. I'm thankful for everybody that helped me in the community, my family, my friends, my teammates and my coaches because they've been supporting me all the way."

The nation's eighth-ranked wide receiver and 60th-ranked player, Boyd's accomplishments have been doubted every step because his school plays in the smallest classification in Pennsylvania and the competition may not be equal to what the big schools face.

Boyd may not dispute the difference in competition but he says there are still great players.

"Class A doesn't matter," he said. "Athletes can come from anywhere and I think we can compete with any team athletically. I'm really excited about the new ranking and it's letting everybody know what I'm made of. I think it's because of my hard work on and off the field. I couldn't have done it without my teammates and coaches and everybody that has helped me through everything."

Boyd's hometown of Clairton has been through some rough economic times but Boyd says everyone has stuck together and has made everyone stronger, including himself.

"Where like a big family," he said. "We always say, 'One heartbeat, stay together and work together.' Hopefully I get down there and do what I have to do for everyone back home and for myself to show that Class A isn't just small schools that are overrated."

As one would imagine, Boyd could go to almost any school he wanted and he narrowed his list down to a few schools to consider.

"Pitt and West Virginia are in the running," he said. "There's also Michigan State, Arizona and Penn State. I might take an official visit to West Virginia sometime soon.

"I'm getting close to a decision but I think I'm still going to commit on Jan. 5 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl."



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