Three Tigers Sign NLI To Play College Football

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Three members of the North Allegheny football team signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at the next level. Senior linebacker Tyree Alualu (Temple University), senior wideout/defensive back Khiryn Boyd (Duquesne University) and senior lineman Jack Pingpank (Allegheny College) all inked their NLI’s on Wednesday morning.

Among numerous accolades achieved on the season, Alualu was named All-State by the Pennsylvania Football Writers. He was also tabbed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 22 Team and the Trib High School Sports Network’s Terrific 25. On defense, Alualu finished the season with 63 tackles with one sack, three forced fumbles and an 84-yard interception return for a touchdown against Penn-Trafford in week eight. A two-way standout, Alualu rushed for 892 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 8.0 yards per carry.

As a junior, Boyd was named All-State at defensive back after posting seven interceptions during the 2022 campaign. He followed that up with another stellar season despite being slowed by injury during the first five weeks of the season. Once fully healthy, Boyd dominated opposing wideouts as a shut down corner and posted 27 tackles and two interceptions and a pick-six against Seneca Valley in the regular season finale. On offense, Boyd was the team’s top receiving threat with 32 receptions for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns. A dynamic offensive and special teams weapon, he rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and also tallied three return touchdowns in the kicking game. By season’s end, Boyd was named to the PG’s Fabulous 22 Team and Trib HSSN’s Terrific 25.

Pingpank provided depth for a talented offensive line that plowed open holes for the WPIAL Class 6A Player of the Year, quarterback Logan Kushner, who rushed for 1,439 yards and 24 touchdowns. Collectively, the Tigers averaged 232 rushing yards per game thanks in large part to the offensive line. At Allegheny College, Pingpank will play for a Gators team in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference that’s led by second-year head coach Braden Layer.

Alualu, Boyd and Pingpank were all part of a North Allegheny team in 2023 that posted a 13-2 overall record, won a second consecutive WPIAL Class 6A championship and finished as PIAA runners-up.