Tajh Boyd's path to Clemson included West Virginia

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) runs for a first down in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) runs for a first down in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

— As it turns out, Tajh Boyd might have wound up in south Florida over the New Year regardless.

Clemson’s sophomore quarterback said Monday that he originally committed to West Virginia in 2008, before his senior season at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va. He decommitted in October 2008 and visited Tennessee, Ohio State and Oregon before committing to and signing with Clemson in February 2009.

The Tigers and Mountaineers will meet in the Orange Bowl Jan. 4.

“I don’t think I’m too much well-liked over there,” Boyd said of West Virginia. “There’s a little irony in there but I’m very excited about it.”

Boyd had originally committed to then-coach Bill Stewart, who was forced out earlier this year after attempting to undermine Dana Holgorsen, who had been hired as his offensive coordinator with the understanding he’d become head coach after this season.

He said he is friends with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who committed to the Mountaineers after Boyd backed off his commitment. He also knows star receiver Tavon Austin, and tailback Shawne Alston was a Phoebus teammate.

“It should be a fun matchup,” Boyd said. “I’m excited about it. Both offenses can produce points.”

He’s also excited about keeping offensive coordinator Chad Morris in the fold. Morris agreed to a new contract with a healthy raise Sunday night following interest from a number of programs, including Ohio State.

That move, Boyd said, followed through on Morris’ words to him earlier this season.

“We had a conversation three, four weeks ago, around a month and a half (ago),” he said. “You walk through campus and people start asking you (about it). You say, ‘I don’t know.’ But (Morris) said, ‘We’re building something here. I promise I won’t leave you while you’re playing here.’

“We’re fortunate he signed a new contract. We’re happy to have him here.”

Last week, coach Dabo Swinney said he didn’t expect Morris to leave unless it was for a BCS head coaching position.

“I really do feel like, things keep going the way he’s going, there’s going to be opportunities for him to be a head coach,” Boyd said. “Similar to what Chip (Kelly) did at Oregon.”

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