October 12, 2008

QB Boyd back on the market

Hampton (Va.) Phoebus quarterback Tajh Boyd committed to West Virginia back in March during an unofficial visit. Seven months later the four-star quarterback has had second thoughts and is no longer committed. So what teams have a shot at the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Rivals100 star?

"I decided to de-commit today," said Boyd on Sunday night. "I talked to the coaches at West Virginia and let them know. I didn't feel it was fair to hold them up in their search for a quarterback and didn't feel good about visiting other schools while committed so I decided to de-commit. I think I just made my decision too early and have been wanting to see what else is out there for a little while."

Boyd, who chose West Virginia over offers from schools like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Boston College and Tennessee, simply wants to go to a school where he feels comfortable and where he can throw the ball.

"I have a great deal of respect for West Virginia, the coaches and the fans but I think I'm looking for an offense that fits my style a bit better," said Boyd. "I'm not considering West Virginia anymore. I think it was best to make a clean break. I feel bad because I like coach Stewart and coach Beatty, but I have to do what's best for me in the end."

So with West Virginia out of the picture, what schools will be in the mix for Boyd?

"I only know of Boston College and Tennessee right now, but I'm curious to see what other schools show interest," he said. "I've been staying in contact with the coaches at BC and Tennessee and I feel comfortable with them and the offense I've seen them run this year. I'm hoping to take official visits to both. I know some of the other schools who recruited me early have already filled up at quarterback and I know it's kind of late, but I'm hoping there will be some schools out there that are still interested as well. Otherwise I'm comfortable with either BC or Tennessee right now."

Boyd returned to action this past weekend in leading his team to a 42-6 win over Hampton. He had missed his previous two games with a knee injury.

"The knee is fine," he explained. "I wore a brace this weekend and it's still not 100-percent but it is coming along well. It's not a factor for me anymore."

Boyd will likely take any official visits following his senior season as Phoebus shoots for another state title. He took his official visit to West Virginia back on Sept. 26.

Boyd is ranked as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.



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