Boyd Makes His Pick

Five-star quarterback prospect Tajh Boyd announced a final decision Tuesday afternoon in a press conference at his high school. Boyd picked Clemson over finalists Ohio State and Oregon. Story updated with quotes at 5:27 p.m.

The third time is a charm for Tajh Boyd.

After twice backing off from previous verbal commitments, the five-star quarterback prospect from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus held a press conference at his high school to announce his final college choice.

Boyd will be a Tiger, as he selected Clemson.

"I just felt like this was the right school for me," he said. "At first I had it down to Oregon and Ohio State, but it's just the support and staff that they have over there. I feel like I'll come in and have a chance to compete early and once I have my surgery help the team out. I have good relationships with the coaches."

The 6-1, 210-pound quarterback's recruitment captured the attention of the nation in the days leading up to his decision. After narrowing his final decision to Ohio State, Oregon and Clemson, Boyd was the subject of rampant rumors regarding his college destination.

Initially a verbal member of West Virginia's class of 2009, Boyd pulled out of his commitment months ago and opted to look around. He found a fit in Tennessee, but a coaching change would help to push him back out the door and into the recruiting world.

From there, he took his final official visits and came up with a list of his top three schools. Along the way, he took home co-most valuable player honors at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and flirted with several major programs across the country.

Now, after having in-home visits from all three schools during the past week, Boyd was ready to make a final decision.

Boyd nearly did not take an official visit to Clemson. After postponing it so he could finish some schoolwork, he and his family made the trip during the Jan. 16 weekend.

"At first I didn't think I was going to consider Clemson," he said. "Then I got a chance to learn more about the coaches and what type of team they're going to have and how they are going to involve me in the offense."

"It's been tough saying no to those other schools because those two schools are so great," he said. "I'm just glad that I was able to choose the school that I wanted to go to."

Tomorrow, Boyd goes under the knife to repair a torn ACL. In May, he will enroll in classes at Clemson.


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