December 14, 2008
Boyd was blown away
The name of Tajh Boyd may have been unknown to most Ohio State fans as recently as two weeks ago but now the Buckeye faithful are hopeful that the Hampton (Va.) four star quarterback will take his place as the quarterback of the future.
The Rivals100 quarterback was committed initially to West Virginia before re-opening his recruitment and ultimately committing to Tennessee. The new hiring of Lane Kiffin put a change in plans and the No. 3 rated dual-threat quarterback was back on the market.
Boyd picked up his Ohio State offer recently and knew that he wanted to visit the Buckeyes but wasn't sure when. His trip to Columbus didn't come together until the last moments and Boyd is happy that he made the trip west to check out Columbus (Ohio).
"I was just blown away with all of the stuff," Boyd said. "All of the tradition at Ohio State and all trophies and all of that, it was really cool."
Boyd was hosted by offensive center Michael Brewster, yes the same Brewster who was instrumental in the Brew Crew of 2008. Boyd was very impressed with his host but also enjoyed all of the people that he came into contact with.
"Michael Brewster was my host," Boyd said. "I know that he was a really highly touted recruit coming out of high school. We developed a friendship over the two days and he is just a cool person in general. He told me that I can be his quarterback and was joking and stuff like that."
Boyd also had a chance to spend time with Lamaar Thomas, DeVier Posey and fellow quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
"(Pryor and I) did get along well," Boyd said. "I thought that he was going to be a little bit cocky or something but he was really down to earth. All of the players were because I think those are the kind of people that Jim Tressel has coached them to be. I feel like I am going to have a shot to come in and compete but at the same time I can learn."
If Boyd does end up selecting the Buckeyes he would like to enroll in March. He was set to be ready to go in January but because of Ohio State's quarter system the best time would be for him to come in at the start of spring quarter.
The four star quarterback did not commit during his visit but there were definitely some temptations to do so.
"It was very tempting and I had a really good time," Boyd said. "We talked to coach Tressel for about 45 minutes and he is a really good person in general. The academics are outstanding there, there is a lot that goes into it."
Boyd enjoyed all of the parts of his visit but his Saturday night dinner might have been the highlight for some comical reasons.
"It was definitely weird," Boyd joked. "They had all of the raw meat hanging out but I didn't know what half of the stuff looked like so when I think I made a poor choice of combination the first time. I had crab meat, shrimp and meatballs and sausage and it was really kind of nasty (laugh). The second time I talked to the people that worked there and they gave us some good choices and all and it was cool."
It isn't easy to blend into the crowd when a group of more than 20 walk into any restaurant. Fans quickly picked up on who was at the table and added their own little advice to Boyd.
"Fans were like, 'you should come here'," Boyd said. "It was funny and there were good people there in Ohio. They did the O-H thing and someone else would say I-O but I didn't even know that at first but it was cool and fun."
Columbus Ohio has always been known for having some extreme football fans and that was not lost upon Boyd.
"People are crazy about it, but it is good crazy though," Boyd said. "It's cool."
Time is winding down for Boyd to make any last visits with his announcement due to go on live television on January 3rd, 2009 at the Army All American Bowl. Oregon has made a strong push for Boyd as well, could a visit still be squeezed in?
"I am going to try and make it out there next week," Boyd said. "I am going to see about that but I am going to try and make it."
Overall the visit was a total success for Boyd and the Buckeyes did a great job of rolling out the red carpet.
"It was really good and I had a good time up there as did my parents," Boyd said.
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