Can the West Virginia Mountaineers Land Their Next Great Receiving Duo?

By Mike Atkinson


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West Virginia Mountaineers’ verbal commit Shelton Gibson is recruiting highly touted receiving prospect Tyler Boyd to the Mountaineers almost as hard as WVU itself.

Shelton Gibson could be one of the best receivers WVU has had in quite some time.

Boyd is a 6’1, 168 pound receiver from Clairton, PA. He is listed as a four star recruit on Rivals and the 12th overall receiver in the recruiting class, second in the state of Pennsylvania.

So two highly-rated, highly-hyped receivers have teamed up and are heading to Morgantown?

Well, there are two problems here. One is that Boyd has verbally committed to the Pittsburgh Panthers and the other is that Gibson is only a verbal commit for WVU. Neither has officially signed yet.

Gibson seems to be a lock for WVU as he has clearly enjoyed his visits to the school and continues to persuade Boyd to sign with WVU. Why would he try to get Boyd to play at WVU if he wasn’t going to?

As for Boyd, it would be a very sweet surprise for the Mountaineers to land him. He has verbally committed to the Panthers, but could still sign anywhere. He currently is being recruited hard by two Gibsons at WVU. Shelton Gibson, and WVU safties coach Tony Gibson.

The question is who is recruiting Boyd harder?

Shelton Gibson’s Twitter profile is filled with pictures of the two receivers together, including an outright statement saying he wants the two to play together.

Gibson first posted this Tweet, stating he wanted to play with Boyd at WVU:

Three days later, he posted this Tweet:

Both Boyd and Gibson have visited WVU and been offered scholarships. Gibson already indicated he would make his official decision on February, 6, National Signing Day.

To land both of these receivers would be incredible for WVU.

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