USC Football Recruiting: Tyler Boyd Visits SC


The USC Trojans have three wide receivers committed to the Class of 2013, but that’s not stopping Tyler Boyd, a four-star receiver out of Pennsylvania, to visit USC’s campus.

Boyd is on campus today, in what is his first recruiting trip to USC. Growing up as a USC fan, the feeling is that the Trojans rank high on Boyd’s list. So much so that one of his 7-on-7 teammates tweeted to Boyd about potentially committing to USC, and Boyd retweeted it.

The tweet, embedded below, referred to the notion of Boyd getting an offering from the Trojans, because as of now, SC was yet to offer the wide receiver.

Despite the receiving depth that the Trojans have in the Class of 2013, with commitments from Elridge Massington, Steven Mitchell or Sebastian LaRue, Boyd’s interest not depending on playing time or positional competition brings forth an interesting dilemma. Are the Trojans waiting to offer Boyd as a way to keep scholarships free, given the limited supply?

With Boyd’s apparent lean towards the Trojans, it would make sense for Tee Martin and Lane Kiffin to hold off on an offer, at least until Boyd had completed a few summer visits. Boyd had planned to visit Penn State last weekend, but a lower body injury prevented his trip to State College.

The Pennsylvania wide-out does have offers from likes of Michigan, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, and his winter trips saw him attend Junior Days at Ohio State, West Virginia and Penn State. So while he’s listed as a four-star talent, there’s plenty of intangibles in his game that are being noticed by coaches across the country.

Boyd’s ability to play corner makes him a candidate for the Trojans to flip to him to corner, much like Sebastian LaRue. According to a source close to Boyd, he has the game to make him the best cover man coming out of western Pennsylvania since Darrelle Revis. However, with Rivals and 247Sports listing Boyd as a receiver and schools recruiting him as one, it’s hard to gauge the direction that the Trojans are going with Boyd.