Boyd Remains Deadlocked

Five-star quarterback prospect Tajh Boyd from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus had dreams of making a final decision this week, but with time rapidly running out it is becoming apparent that he is still torn. Get the latest on his top three schools and what he thinks about each in this latest update from BuckeyeSports.com.

Just like nearly everything else in his recruiting process, the latest step has not gone according to plan for Tajh Boyd.

The five-star quarterback from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus took in his final official visit last weekend to Clemson with an eye on making a final decision sometime this week. However, as the Boyd family continues to weigh his top three schools of Ohio State, Oregon and the Tigers, a final answer remains elusive.

As such, Boyd has not yet picked a final school, and with time running out before National Signing Day his father, Tim, told BuckeyeSports.com that it is getting more and more difficult to make a decision.

"It's back and forth," he said Thursday evening. "Everything is still even. There's good things about every program. Right now we're just trying to find out something negative about a program so we can eliminate them, but it's hard."

To try and make a decision, Tim said he and his family are trying to see where Tajh would be the best fit. The Boyd family is looking for a place where the 6-1, 210-pound athlete can develop into an NFL-caliber quarterback.

That has them weighing all kinds of options, from the team's respective depth charts to the relationship Tajh has with the different coaches.

One thing Tim said they are not worried about is if one star quarterback is there ahead of Tajh – a situation OSU finds itself in with former No. 1 recruit and returning starter Terrelle Pryor entering his sophomore season.

"We're not too concerned with who's there," Tim said. "With Terrelle Pryor being there, he's not a factor. As a matter of fact, the Buckeyes having two quarterbacks is favorable because Oregon and Clemson have multiple quarterbacks. That's why he's still looking real hard at Ohio State."

Tajh's father said he has spoken with Pryor, who has urged Tajh to join him in Columbus.

"He wants Tajh there," Tim said. "I told him I've never met a kid like him before because usually a quarterback doesn't want other quarterbacks there. He's asking when he's going to commit, saying, ‘We need you and bring Marlon Brown with you.' He is a good guy. I told him that I respect that, him feeling that way.

"I told him the reason Tajh hasn't committed yet is because of you. He laughed a little bit. He said, ‘If Tajh beats me out, he beats me out. We just need a quarterback.' "

Tajh has taken official visits to all three of his final schools, but his father has not been to Oregon's campus. The Ducks continue to show their interest, Tim said, but they are not making visits with the same frequency as the Tigers and the Buckeyes.

In addition, Tim said his son is primarily looking for an offensive system that does not utilize the spread offense.

"(Oregon's) offense is a question mark too. We've been trying to get out of that spread because quarterbacks struggle going from that level to the NFL because they're in the spread all the time and they're not under center anymore," he said. "In that offense the quarterback gets hit a lot because he's doing that read option. He's a passer first and he's a drop-back passer."

In addition, Tim said Tajh is not familiar with a number of players who might attend Oregon like he is with OSU and Clemson. Tim said his son has grown close with a few wide receivers committed to the Tigers for next season, while he bonded with OSU verbal commitments Corey Brown and Dorian Bell during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The fact that Oregon would help Tajh with his chosen course of study in sports management is keeping them in the game, Tim said.

Another factor the Boyd family is looking at is whether or not he will redshirt as a freshman. Tajh will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ACL but plans on being available for his freshman season. Clemson has told Tajh that they view him as a redshirt as a freshman, while the Buckeyes have said that he will have the opportunity to play right off the bat.

Tajh is planning to graduate early, and he would be able to enroll in courses at OSU in March or in classes at Clemson in May, Tim said.

"He doesn't want to redshirt," Tim said. "Ohio State said they won't redshirt him, and if he's ready to play the first game of the season against Navy he would be ready. They would have no problem playing him. That might be a factor because he doesn't want to plan on redshirting."

OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and football operations assistant Nick Siciliano – who is helping out at the quarterbacks position – were both on hand Wednesday to visit with Tajh. Tim said he has been impressed with the OSU coaching staff as well as the Clemson staff, led by head coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Billy Napier.

"Those are energetic guys," he said. "They're good guys. They really care about the kids. They can relate to the kids. As a parent, you want your son around coaches like that. That's why it's hard to tell somebody no. He's got to really sit down and evaluate it."

When he does, Tajh will pick a school. As for how he will break the deadlock he currently finds himself in, Tim said, "I have no idea. I really don't."


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