QB Tajh Boyd Profile
With four-star wide receiver Bryce McNeal announcing for Clemson Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American game, the Tigers' January recruiting efforts have indeed gotten off to a fast start.
And now comes the fun part ... figuring out who could possibly be next.
Every year since 2005, Clemson has seemingly always closed strong in recruiting, usually receiving a late verbal commitment or two along the way.
Four years ago, it was RB James Davis and LB Antonio Clay.
The next year it was RB C.J. Spiller.
In 2007, it was DE Kourtnei Brown.
Last year, it was RB Jamie Harper, TE Dwayne Allen and OL Antoine McClain.
Of course the Clemson coaching staff has signed other top-ranked players along the way, receiving verbal commitments from other players much earlier in the recruiting process like QB Willy Korn, DE Da'Quan Bowers, QB Kyle Parker and others, but January has usually seen a a big splash or two and this year promises to be no different.
So who could one of those surprise players be this season?
As CUTigers.com reported last week, the Clemson coaching staff has gotten involved with another quarterback for the class of 2009- five-star signal caller and Scout.com's No. 4 quarterback overall- Tajh Boyd.
Boyd who has already taken four official visits in the recruiting process, including trips to Oregon, Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia, has one more stop left to take.
And the good news is ... it could be to Clemson ... and it could be as soon as this weekend.
Aside from capturing Co-MVP honors in Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Game this past weekend, Boyd has had several Clemson commitments in his ear the previous six days, including Rod McDowell, Malliciah Goodman, and even Clemson-newbie Bryce McNeal.
"You know I have been working on Tajh Boyd," McDowell told CUTigers.com recently. "He told me he is going to give Clemson a visit and I think he will."
McNeal confirmed as much Saturday evening, telling CUTigers.com, "I hope he does take that visit down to Clemson. I think he will."
By the way, it should be mentioned Boyd captured MVP honors by completing 7-of-9 passes for a remarkable 187 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the East on to a 30-17 win.
"It is a blessing and I got to thank God, my parents, my coaches, and my little brother and everybody," Boyd told Scout.com afterwards. "It is just a great feeling right now."
Of course, just getting Boyd on campus would be huge from Clemson's perspective, especially considering he's already eliminated two of the schools he's visited officially in Tennessee and West Virginia.
That would leave just Ohio State and Oregon as Clemson's main competition.
In addition, after offering just four quarterbacks in the recruiting process outside of Boyd this year, it was thought the coaching staff would stand pat and focus its recruiting efforts under center on the class of 2010.
Again - until Boyd emerged on the radar as a realistic possibility.
So what's next?
The next step is the official visit.
Boyd was considering a trip to Boston College for his fifth and final trip of the recruiting process, but after spending this past week in San Antonio, it appears Clemson has moved to the forefront to receive that final visit.
"We are working on him," McDowell added. "I think he's going to take it."
And if McDowell and McNeal are right ... lookout.
It very well could be another action-packed January that leads Clemson to another top-25 recruiting class.
Could 5-Star QB Tajh Boyd be Next?
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