Buckeyes Come Calling For Boyd

Ohio State has just one scholarship quarterback in place behind freshman starter Terrelle Pryor, and the team's coaches have discussed the need to land a QB in this year's recruiting class. On Tuesday, they got a first-hand look at Tajh Boyd and are now major players for the services of this five-star prospect.

Ohio State is officially in the Tajh Boyd sweepstakes.

On Dec. 9, Buckeye football operations assistant Nick Siciliano – who also helps out at the quarterback position – paid a visit to the five-star quarterback prospect from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus.

"I got to know the coach," Tajh's father, Tim, told BuckeyeSports.com. "They're trying to recruit a quarterback in this class and they are really high on Tajh. They want Tajh to come up for a visit. He's very interested in Ohio State."

The Buckeyes are led under center by freshman Terrelle Pryor, who ascended to the starting spot in the fourth game of the season. Behind him, though, the depth chart has just one scholarship quarterback who will be on the roster next season.

Should Tajh decide to become a Buckeye, his father said he would likely redshirt one season to put another year of eligibility between himself and Pryor. Depending on how the next two seasons go, Pryor could find himself headed to the NFL after his junior season.

Assuming he redshirts, Tajh would be a sophomore in what would be Pryor's senior season.

"He might have to wait a little bit for Terrelle Pryor because they don't know if he's going to stay all four years or leave after his junior year," Tim said. "Basically, they need another quarterback because they really don't have anybody after Terrelle."

The Buckeyes have offered Boyd a scholarship for their class of 2009. Although his father said there is currently no leader for his son's services, three schools appear to be at the top of his list: OSU, Oregon and Boston College.

One day prior to Siciliano's visit, Oregon offensive coordinator Chip Kelly paid a visit as well. One day later, a coach from Boston College was scheduled to be on hand.

A 6-2, 210-pound athlete, Boyd is ranked as the No. 4 quarterback prospect in the country. Initially a verbal commitment to West Virginia, Boyd was told he would not be a good fit for the program and withdrew his commitment. He then issued one to the University of Tennessee, but newly hired head coach Lane Kiffin told the Boyd family that Tajh was not the quarterback he was looking for.

Although his paperwork had already been sent in and Tajh was set on enrolling for classes in January, the decision was made to again open up his recruitment.

It has not been an ideal situation, but Tim said it could be worse for his family.

"West Virginia and de-committing from them, not fitting in that system like he would in other systems, it was the best thing for him to de-commit," Tim said. "To go to Tennessee and Lane Kiffin telling me that he wouldn't fit in that system knowing that my son could fit in any system, he's telling me he's not high on my son as his quarterback. Letting me know that and being up front with me, it's better for that than to go and not be wanted there.

"He wants to go somewhere where somebody wants him and wants his talent and ability. It's better to know this up front than to know it later when he's in a situation that's harder to get out of."

The fact that Tajh Boyd has ability does not appear to be in question. In addition to his lofty ranking according to Scout, Tajh led his team to a state title this season. In the title game, he threw for 111 yards and three scores as the Phantoms captured their second crown in three seasons.

As a junior, he completed 131 of 189 passes for 2,059 yards and 25 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 500 yards and seven touchdowns, earning district player of the year honors.

It appears the Buckeyes and the Ducks have a slight edge in their recruitment of Tajh. Both of them also heavily recruited Pryor.

"Ohio State and Oregon, they're showing that they are really interested in Tajh and that's a good thing," Tim said. "Both of them are pretty good people too."

In addition, Virginia has shown interest but Tim said his son is looking to leave the state. Penn State's interest has waned, Tim said.

The task now for the Buckeyes is getting Tajh to Columbus for an official visit. Plans are being drawn for either within the next two weeks or sometime in the month of January, Tim said.

"I think it's pretty even right now, but I guess he would know more after he takes his visit," Tim said. "Then I think the picture would be more clear to him. He likes both schools, but he wants to take that visit and get more of a feel for it. Right now after going through what we went through we don't want to say somebody is in the lead right now because he wants to take his time and make sure that's the place he wants to be at."

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