Highly regarded 5-star quarterback Tajh Boyd told the Ohio State Scout site, BuckeyeSports.com that he intends to travel to Eugene this weekend. Boyd, 6-2, 210 has been described by eDuck' sources as a perfect fit for the Duck offense and that Oregon Offensive Coordinator Chip Kelly has been recruiting Boyd since the Elite-11 quarterback camp.
Boyd had initially given a verbal commitment to West Virginia but backed away from the Mountaineers to give a verbal to Tennessee. Duck coaches were still interested in him and when Phil Fulmer left the program he had coached for 18 years, Boyd's commitment was left in the air.
Boyd retracted his verbal to Tennessee when he learned that the Vol's new coach, Lane Kiffin would install a pro-style offense and felt Boyd did not fit.
Boyd's ability to run and pass is complimentary to Oregon's spread offense but the question of depth at the quarterback position maybe one factor in Boyd's decision. Boyd visited Ohio State last weekend. Ironically, if Boyd should chose Ohio State he would back up Terrell Pryor, a player the Ducks were in on last season.
Also visiting this weekend are 4-star junior college wide receiver Tyrece Gaines from Butler County Community College and safety Travis Ford from Lanely College in Oakland.
Gaines has several offers from schools including Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and the Ducks' opponent in the Holiday Bowl Oklahoma State.
Ford has given a tentative verbal to Marshall but also has offers from Colorado State and Troy. According to the Scout database, Oregon has not yet extended an offer to Ford.
Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti said in his last media conference that the Ducks would host recruits up until the recruiting quiet and dead period starting Dec. 21st.
Bellotti also indicated that while in San Diego some recruits could watch the Ducks practice but NCAA rules prohibit any contact as the Holiday Bowl falls within the recruiting dead period.
The Ducks will resume contact and visits after the new year begins. Recruits can send a letter of intent to programs starting on Wednesday, February 4th.
At Least Three Visitors This Weekend
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