Sunday, January 25, 2009

OSU Football: Another blue-chip quarterback coming to Columbus?

Tajh Boyd, the nation's No. 4 prep quarterback according to Scout.com, will make his collegiate choice known on Tuesday afternoon at his high school in Hampton, Virginia.

Boyd — a 6-1, 210-pound pro style quarterback — who verballed to Tennessee last November, but pulled his commitment less than a month later after the Volunteers fired head coach Phillip Fulmer, has narrowed his college choices down to three — Ohio State, Oregon and Clemson.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel has worked diligently to snare the five-star signal caller, who looks like a mirror image of former Buckeyes and current Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Troy Smith.

Boyd dazzled in the U.S. Army All-American Game earlier this month, copping himself a Co-MVP award, by leading the East team to victory with 187 yards and three touchdown tosses on 7-of-9 passing. Boyd's stock has sky rocketed in recent weeks.

Now, before OSU fans start salivating over the prospects of having another blue-chip quarterback donning the Scarlet and Gray, the Virginia-product will have to decide whether or not he's up to the challenge of trying to de-thrown incumbent quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, who was the nation's top prep signal caller just a season ago.

Pryor, in just his freshman season, led Ohio State to an 8-2 record as a starter, and helped the Buckeyes grab themselves a share of the Big Ten title and an appearance in a BCS bowl game (Fiesta Bowl).

Boyd stated that Coach Tressel has told him that he will play the best man at quarterback next fall. Boyd said that he feels sure he can compete with Pryor, who has yet to show that he can be a formidable passer at the collegiate level.

However, actions speak louder than words.

Will Boyd walk it like he talks it and head to Columbus to try and win the starting job on a team that will once again have conference title and national championship hopes on their minds? Or, will he elect the path of least resistance and head out to Oregon or down to Clemson, where he'll surely be the starter the moment he steps onto campus?

Tuesday at 5 p.m. the college football world will know.

My gut feeling says, his path (of least resistance) will lead to South Carolina.