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HAMPTON, Va. - It's almost become routine for the Clemson coaching staff to pull off a surprise or two before National Signing Day.

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But nothing about landing the verbal commitment of five-star QB Tajh Boyd was routine Tuesday.

Considering the Tigers just got involved fully in his recruitment just over six weeks ago, you can understand why.

Five-star quarterback Tajh Boyd announced his decision in front a room packed full of people Tuesday afternoon in Hampton, Va. at Phoebus High School, indeed giving his verbal commitment to the Clemson Tigers.

It ended weeks of debate between Clemson, Ohio State and Oregon.

"I'm going to be spending the next four to five years, at Clemson University," he said. "it was a tough decision but that's where I'm going to be going."

Five-star QB Tajh Boyd, with his new Clemson hat on, speaks at his press conference Tuesday afternoon. His mother, Carla is pictured right behind him.
"Coach Swinney called me up and said we really need a quarterback in this class," he said. "At first, I was like this is just like every other school. Then he was telling me about 'all-in' and everything else. It was different."

Boyd, who admitted he firmed up his decision in his own mind just minutes before his announcement, is the No. 13 public verbal commitment for Clemson in 2009 recruiting class, and the lone quarterback.

He is also the highest-rated prospect to be currently committed to Clemson as Scout.com currently has him as the No. 4 quarterback in the country.

"At first I had it down to Oregon and Ohio State," he said of his decision. "All of these schools are very good academically. But the support staff they have over there.

"I felt like I can come in and compete early and try to help the team out and win an ACC Championship. I had a great relationship with the coaches and I feel like I can improve my game and maybe get into the NFL one day.

"I'm looking forward to it. Competition will only make you better and I'm looking forward to having that at Clemson."

Boyd's main recruiter to Clemson is Clemson offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Billy Napier.

National Signing Day is eight days away, set for Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Tomorrow, Boyd goes under the knife to repair a torn ACL. In May, he will enroll in classes at Clemson.

Pending on how he recovers from tomorrow's surgery, Boyd could compete with Willy Korn and Kyle Parker for playing time at Clemson later this fall.

Boyd was named the MVP in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Tex. earlier this month when he completed 7-of-9 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns in leading the East to a 30-17 victory over the West.

Boyd orginally committed to West Virginia in April 2008, then de-committed in October and committed to Tennessee later in November.

When Phil Fulmer was replaced as the Vols coach with former Oakland Raiders head man Lane Kiffin, Boyd opened the recruiting process back up.

Having committed to Oregon several times privately, Boyd eventually decided on Clemson earlier today.

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