Tajh Boyd is rated as the 4th best quarterback in the nation for the 2009 recruiting class. As a junior, Boyd completed 131 of 189 passes for 2059 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 500 yards and seven touchdowns. He was named District Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and second-team All-State quarterback. He is described as a leader and a winner, and he is one of those guys that make everyone around him better. He shows a lot of poise in the pocket and is more of a pocket guy than he is a dual threat QB. He has a strong arm and decent touch on his deep balls. Early on in March Boyd committed to West Virginia, but earlier this month he decided to open things back up. After a lot of thought it became clear to Tajh that West Virginia was not the choice for him.
"With West Virginia I wasn't happy with the direction," said Boyd. "Between the new coaches and the offense they've established I just wasn't happy. They don't have a direction established and I felt like I committed to quickly. I waited to see if they were going to turn things around, but now I just made the decision to go ahead and open things back up to give some schools another look."
Several schools contacted Boyd after his decommitment to gauge his interest in their program. He told NoleDigest that he's not too late in the process to give it a long look this time around.
"After the decommitment USF, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville and a bunch of other schools called me," explained Boyd. "I have a visit to Tennessee this weekend and I will look at a bunch of other schools. I'm going to keep my options open and not make a quick decision this time. I've been sitting down with my family watching games to get an idea of some of the teams I will be looking at."
Florida State is one of the programs that contacted Tajh to gauge his interest. The 5-star signal caller was able to talk to FSU's offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher recently, and he says that he plans to learn more about what the Seminoles have to offer.
"FSU is having a good season," says Boyd, "and I have been watching how Christian Ponder and D'Vontrey Richardson have been playing. I watched the game against N.C. State and thought the offense did well. With them I just have to see what's going on with them and learn more about them. I know that E.J. Manuel red shirted. That may play a little role but I know I am going to have to compete wherever I go. FSU is a big program. I'm interested in who's interested in me, so I will look at them."
"I spoke to Coach Fisher about them," said Boyd. "He was telling me how he was from West Virginia and all. I didn't know that. He was telling me about some of the guys he's developed like JaMarcus Russell and Stephen Davis and about his thoughts on offense. He seems like a good guy. I've never really thought about FSU till now. He wants me to come down for a visit. It depends on the situation and time. I just need to talk to my parents about it. After the Tennessee visit this weekend we have playoffs so I am going to not take anymore visits until after the season so I can focus on my team."
One of the biggest misconceptions about Tajh is that he is a dual-threat quarterback. He says he is a traditional drop back passer who is capable of making plays with his arm just as easily as he can his feet.
"I think I am a pro-style quarterback who has the ability to make plays with my feet," stated Boyd. "A lot of guys in high school who are athletic quarterbacks get moved to another position on the next level, but I am a guy who can stay at this position. I'm a pass first guy with a quick release, but I will use my feet to make the play if needed."
Boyd says that right now he isn't sure when the decision will come. It may happen at the Army All-American game or it may happen on Signing Day. He said the school where he feels most comfortable at will be the school he chooses when it's all said and done.
Stay tuned NoleDigest as we track Tajh's senior season and for the latest developments on his interest in the Noles.