As the first session of spring practice officially came to a close, a normal looking young man dressed in purple Clemson warm-up jacket walked off the practice fields with hardly anyone in the media thinking twice about it.
Until they realized who it was.
Five-star quarterback Tajh Boyd was on hand to take in Clemson's first practice of spring Monday, and soon after he revealed who he was, a throng of writers, radio and television personalities jumped in for the chance to talk with him for the first time.
"We already moved down here," Boyd told CUTigers.com afterwards. "We are over in Seneca and it's going well so far. I like it down here. I feel kind of fortunate to have the opportunity to already be here and sit in the film room to learn the mental part.
"And by the time preseason camp is here I'll be ready."
The Clemson coaching staff is hoping that's exactly how the next few months will unfold, but of course, it won't be easy.
Boyd, who signed with Clemson over Ohio State and Oregon last month, and is ranked as the No. 4 quarterback in the nation according to Scout.com, is recovering from ACL surgery.
In fact, it's been just five weeks since the procedure to repair his knee was performed.
Boyd said he continues to recover at a fast pace, and in an ideal situation, he'll be ready to start offseason conditioning in as soon as 90 days.
"They keep telling me I'm ahead of schedule," he said. "That's good and plus I start therapy tomorrow [Tuesday]. I'm looking forward to that. It's been a good experience so far.
"I'll be ready sometime by June or July but I've been doing a lot of stuff to keep my arm ready. I'm throwing the ball around a lot and staying in shape."
So while Willy Korn and Kyle Parker are slugging it out for the starting quarterback position this spring, they'll have their future competition on the sideline taking it all in.
And oh by the way, that "competition" says he'll be ready.
"Oh yeah definitely," Boyd said. "That was one of the main factors, outside of the coaching staff, in me coming here. It was opportunity for early playing time with Cullen [Harper] leaving. I'm just as good as the other guys I just want the opportunity to come in and compete.
"As soon as I get everything down I just want the opportunity to come in and see what I can do."
But for now, he sits on the sidelines, waiting for his chance.
Tajh Boyd moves to Clemson
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