Boyd Visited By Tressel, Down To Two Schools

It's full-speed ahead for Tajh Boyd and his recruitment. The five-star quarterback prospect from Virgina is planning to make a decision sooner rather than later, and Ohio State made its big push Wednesday when head coach Jim Tressel and two assistants paid him an in-home visit. BuckeyeSports.com has the latest.

On Wednesday night, Ohio State put its best foot forward in its recruitment of Tajh Boyd.

The five-star quarterback prospect from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus received Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel for an in-home visit. Accompanied by offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and quarterbacks assistant coach Nick Siciliano, Tressel spent the majority of the day in the company of Boyd and those around him.

"It was a nice visit," Tim Boyd, Tajh's father, told BuckeyeSports.com. "Basically they were just trying to figure out where we stand with recruiting and stuff like that. They'd like to know something as soon as possible because right now they're down to two quarterbacks and they need a third one in this class."

Apparently the Boyd family is as anxious to get a final answer as the OSU coaching staff. Tim said they will know something "in a couple weeks or so," adding that they want to make a final decision as soon as possible.

Tressel arrived in town around lunch time and headed to the school, where he met with Tajh's coaches and toured the facilities.

"Tajh took him around the school," Tim said. "People were really excited because they never had a coach like Coach Tressel at the school before. He was saying they are Buckeye fans and it was exciting."

From there, Tressel and his assistants arrived at the Boyd household around 6 p.m. and stayed for about an hour and a half, Tim said.

"We just sat around in the living room on the couches: (Tressel), Coach Siciliano and Coach Bollman, me, Tajh and my wife," he said. "Jim Tressel, he's a funny guy. He'll tell you a lot of different stories about back in the day when he was coaching. He had me laughing all day."

After withdrawing verbal commitments to first West Virginia and then Tennessee – the latter at the request of newly hired head coach Lane Kiffin – Tajh has been a late addition on the radars of schools across the country. With a number of new suitors calling, potential official visits were being discussed to schools including Clemson as soon as this upcoming weekend.

But any further trips appear unlikely for Tajh, who has already visited OSU and Oregon – the two leaders for his services. His recent appearance in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has him behind in class work necessary for his planned early graduation, and this weekend will be needed to catch up on his academics.

"No, I don't think he's going to do that because he's got to catch up on his online classes," Tim said of a potential trip to Clemson. "Him being away a week in Texas, he has a lot of stuff he has to turn in by Monday. Those classes will help him graduate early and leave early in March."

It appears that final decision will be between the Buckeyes and the Ducks. While Tajh has seen both schools, Tim has only been to OSU. Another factor working in favor of the Buckeyes is the fact that Tajh's appearance in the Army game allowed him to spend time with a number of verbal members of OSU's class of 2009 also playing in the game.

The same went for his parents.

"Tajh has a good relationship with the recruiting class coming in at Ohio State and I got to know some of the players' parents," Tim said. "He got to practice with some of the players and get to know some of the players he didn't see when he was at Ohio State – Dorian Bell and Corey Brown. Those guys were in Hawaii at the time. The whole recruiting class was there except those two guys and Tajh had a good time getting to know them. They were on the same team and Tajh threw a pass to Corey Brown. He had a good time down there."

Although the Buckeyes have Terrelle Pryor penciled in as the starter for at least the next two years, Tim said the Big Ten's leader in passing efficiency as a true freshman will not dissuade his son from choosing the Buckeyes.

"You can't look at how many quarterbacks they've got because you've got to compete no matter where you go, if it's Oregon or Ohio State," he said. "Terrelle Pryor, he's not a factor of him coming there or not coming there. We're just trying to find the right fit."

The biggest factor that will go into making a final decision will be how comfortable Tajh feels at his potential school, Tim said.

When that decision is made, look for it to be either OSU or Oregon.

"It's a very hard decision to make because between them and Oregon, he really likes both of them," Tim said. "It's going to be a tough decision because he likes both programs. Who wouldn't like Ohio State? He's just trying to find the right situation."


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