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Wow. How much clearer can he say he was pressured into making a decision he wasn't ready (and didn't want) to make?
“It was pretty good but it was nothing like I expected,” Boyd said. “It was a nice program and I liked it. I could see myself in the spread offense and it‘s something I could see myself in. I‘ve still got a big decision to make.”
It sounds like we really made an impression but I foresee a later decision date than next Wednesday. My interpretation is that he wants to play at WVU but he is a people pleaser and doesn't want to let his family, friends, and neighborhood down. Hopefully he will form a broader perspective and go where he will find peace.
Problem is, we didn’t know what we were doing either. But when we didn’t know what we were doing, we were pretty good at it…..
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My prediction is he doesnt sign next Wednesday an when he does he still doesnt sign with WVU.
That sort of crossed my mind as well....I think if he doesn't sign on LOI day, our chances will even decrease. The longer it drags out, my gut tells me...the more pressure he gets from those closest to him like mamma.
Honestly though, I haven't really had us with a legitimate shot at him in a long time. So, while itwould be great to get him...certainly will not be surprised if we don't
Put me in that camp too, sounds like the kid is struggling to try n make everyone happy. Wrong way to chose a school but that does look like what's going on.
No way to know, but I go the other way on this one. If he doesn't sign on LOI day, I can only it seeing it increasing our chances, which doesn't mean that I think he will sign with us.
He has verbally committed to Pitt. Signing with them on LO day is the quick, easy way to end it. If he doesn't do that, it means we are still in it.
This one had that flavor of WVU-as-number-one-until-something-better-comes-along for a long time. It doesn't look like that to me now. This kid wants to be a Mountaineer.
Definitely sounds like he wants wvu to be his school but between friends and family he just doesn't want to disappoint those closest to him. At the end of the day ya have to go with your heart!!!
Well, he was pressured to make the decision at the All-American game on national TV. Friends, mentors, or whatever wanted him to have the exposure. And understandably so, you only go through this process once. And it gives all the people that know him to say, "That's my boy on TV!" Unfortunately for him it sounds as if the timing of the decision was wrong.
I think the issue was further compounded by the way his recruitment was handled. All of a sudden when Dunlap left there was no recruiter for that area. His Mom is upset with Dana & Co. because she claims that the coaches never contacted her during Tyler's recruitment. So when WVU may have been the number 1 choice for him, at the time, I don't think WVU was seen as a viable option because there was no comfort factor. And, in the end, I think if he doesn't sign with the good guys it's because it was too little too late.
Whatever the case, I do empathize. It sounds like this has been difficult on him and I'm starting to realize why kids like Desean Coleman hand their recruitment over to their coach and decide early.
I just have the feeling that we pull this kid in! We are beyond due to have one go our way.
"she claims that the coaches never contacted her during Tyler's recruitment"
Does anyone else have a really, really hard time believing this?
Per ESPN earlier today -
For the first time since 1942, there was no Backyard Brawl. But that doesn’t mean the storied Pittsburgh-West Virginia rivalry is dead. It’s now being played out on the recruiting grounds, where the latest version of the Brawl is coming down to a 2013 recruit, ESPN 300 Clairton (Pa.) High athlete Tyler Boyd.
A Pittsburgh commit since Jan. 5, Boyd, who is ranked No. 165 in the ESPN 300, originally said he would take official visits elsewhere. However, all planned visits were canceled except for a hastily-put-together visit to West Virginia this past weekend.
Tonya Payne, Boyd’s mother, was asked after her son’s visit if the Mountaineers have her blessing. “No,” was her immediate response.
Payne has received attention recently for her staunch disapproval of West Virginia as a suitor for her son.
“I would always support my son, but I won’t agree with that decision,” she said. “I made that perfectly, perfectly aware to the West Virginia coaches I’ve talked to.”
Payne’s reluctance to give the Mountaineers her approval comes down to conversations she has had -- or not had -- with the coaches. It was not until Jan. 24 -- two days before Boyd’s visit to WVU -- that she first had contact with a Mountaineers coach. West Virginia offered Boyd in February 2012. His original recruiter, Steve Dunlap, was let go earlier this month.
Due to NCAA rules, West Virginia cannot comment on Boyd as he has not signed a letter of intent. Boyd has not been saying much since coming back from West Virginia, and Payne said his phone is on “do not disturb.”
Payne said this is not a case of her being a fan of Pitt, a short drive from where the family resides. She has been the target of criticism from both fan bases for her role in his recruitment.
“People don’t realize the hardship it is on a family,” Payne said. “It’s his life, but it’s still a decision that affects his family.”
Eric Fusco, a Clairton assistant coach, was put in charge of Boyd’s recruitment by Payne, a single mother. When Fusco first drove Boyd to West Virginia for an unofficial visit close to a year ago, he too had issues with the Mountaineers’ recruitment. When he told Payne about the visit, a red flag was raised.
“She’s just doing what’s best for her son. She’s going to protect him,” said Fusco, who added he has no preference for Boyd. “I’ve known her a long time. She feels in her heart of hearts she knows what’s best for him.
“... It’s not as personal as it seems.”
As of now, Payne said West Virginia “can’t be included” as a viable option for her son. The conversations she has had with new recruiter Tony Gibson and coach Dana Holgorsen the last few days have not done much to assuage concerns.
This past Saturday, Payne and Holgorsen spoke, and she said he did not have the answers she hoped to find. Having placed an emphasis on education after her oldest son lost opportunities from a career-ending football injury, she felt Holgorsen pushed potential NFL success too much on her.
“When I had a conversation or met a recruiter, everyone’s first question to the parent is, ‘Do you have any questions?’ I always said no because I left it for them to sell themselves to me,” Payne said. “Immediately if everything was football and not education, it was a red flag to me.”
West Virginia is not buried, though. The family will host West Virginia for an in-home visit Friday, after Pitt drops by on Thursday. It will be the first time any program recruiting Boyd has come into Payne’s home.
Boyd went to West Virginia after canceling his Tennessee official visit. Payne said the Volunteers are still an option, and there is a good chance Boyd will officially visit Knoxville this weekend.
Some people think football is a matter of life or death, but it's far more important than that.
I'm trying to figure out why Fusco is against us so much
Well I like your glass half full scenario/approach way better than mine. And let me say that hopefully you can eventually come back here and tell me how wrong I was :)
I may just be a little jaded in feeling like I have read this story before and comparing this ending to previous recruiting battles we have had through the years? Maybe we will not get Rippy'd, Saddler', or Haled this time around?
I'm sorry, but the difference in where you get your diploma is not going to matter when you come out into the real world.... The stupidity of people these days. I am a WVU graduate and my sister is a Rutgers graduate so you would think she wouldn't have a hard time finding a job because of her "great" degree from a much more prestigious academic school, wrong. It took her almost 1 1/2 years to find a job where as I got one right away. My sister before she quit her job was making about 2.5 times less than what I currently make, mind you I have only been out of college 2 years longer than her. The only thing that really matters is what you do with the degree prior and after getting it.
This post was edited by TeRRoR35 15 months ago
Man, she hates Dana. So confusing.
And your completely right. It's not where you get your degree it's what you do with it.
Mamma doesn't sound like she is going to budge on WVU. If this story is accurate hopefully they play up academics during the in-home visit. However you know that academics are often used to negatively recruit against us...so I am still not sure it would matter?
On a side note....it was interesting the other day to hear Joey Galloway on College Football live say that his mom wanted MSU, his Dad wanted WVU, and yet he ended up at Ohio State. Never know I guess....
And also what you get your degree in.....you could go to the most prestigious university out there, but if you get a degree in underwater basket weaving it likely won't matter much
I feel bad for Boyd after reading this quote. I can only imagine the guilt trip and pressure she is placing on him. This should be an exciting time for him and I wish he had a family that supported his vision and not their own. I understand that a single parent role can lead to over protection but you have to let your child make their own decisions in early adulthood. I have no problem with a parent advising and offering their opinion for their child's college choice but in the end every parent needs to understand it's their child's future.
And all this time I thought it was Tyler himself that was the troubled young man. Boy was I wrong. Would love to have this kid if he's willing to put the work in. We know he's got the talent..
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