January 13, 2009
Will QB Boyd visit Clemson?
Rumors swirled that Tahj Boyd could make his final college choice as early as this week.
The Hampton (Va.) Phoebus standout received an in-home visit from Ohio State head coach Jim Tressell last Wednesday night. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder also is seriously considering Oregon.
Clemson has also come on strong down the home stretch in an effort to land the blue-chipper's fifth and final official visit.
The four star recruit, one of the nation's elite quarterback prospects, received a phone call from Clemson's head coach, Dabo Swinney, and new offensive coordinator Billy Napier, Saturday night.
"They basically said I should at least come and take a look and give them a chance," Boyd said Tuesday evening. "See how unique and great it is there.
"I would have a chance to compete soon, as soon as I'm healthy. They are building a great class."
Could a trip to Clemson conspire before a decision is made?
"I'm still undecided right now," the Rivals100 member admitted. "Depends on when I make my decision."
Could a choice be right on deck? Or will it be early later this month? In what fashion will the nation's No. 3 dual-threat quarterback announce his verdict?
"Earliest would be Thursday and latest would be I don't know, probably be like before February," the nation's No. 51 overall prospect, per Rivals.com, stated. "I'm having something like a press conference."
As a junior, Boyd completed 131 of 189 passes for 2,059 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. The No. 6 recruit in the state of Virginia's Preseason Top 30 also rushed for 500 yards and seven touchdowns that season.
The former West Virginia and Tennessee commit tore his ACL in the third game of his senior season and will have surgery, coincidentally, on National Signing Day, February 4, of this year.
Even with the injury, Boyd tossed three touchdown passes - two to five-star running back Bryce Brown - and completed 7-of-9 passes for 187 yards as the East beat the West, 30-17, in front of 32,732 fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
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