For the second time in four years, Dabo Swinney has hit the jackpot with a '10-star signee.'
Already a Clemson and ACC record-holder in many passing and total offense categories, Boyd will try to put a championship touch on a career that, after two years as a starter, includes first-team All-America and ACC player of the year honors.
"I'm not ready to give all this up yet," said Boyd, "so I'm here to announce that I'm returning to Clemson for my senior season. If somebody could tweet that to my fans, that would be great right now."
Just as C.J. Spiller did four years ago when he announced his decision to return to Clemson, Boyd weighed the options carefully before made what he believes is the best decision both for himself and Clemson.
"It was a big process, and it came down to pros and cons on both sides," said Boyd. "It mainly came down to my enjoyment here. I love Clemson and I love college football. I felt like I had a good enough grade to go out and have an opportunity to compete. But at the same time, I'm just not ready to drop this right now.
"There are a lot of things we've got left on the table here. Personally, I just decided in my heart that I want to come back and enjoy this last season."
Boyd said he was being projected to be drafted between the late second and fourth rounds.
Boyd is coming off one the most impressive performances of his career - an MVP showing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against seventh-ranked LSU in which he completed 36 of 50 passes for 346 yards and carried the ball 29 times in the game, accounting for 79 of Clemson's 100 plays from scrimmage. His highlight moment came late in the fourth quarter when, on fourth-and-16, he delivered a 23-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins, which helped set up Chandler Catanzaro's winning field goal in a 25-24 Clemson victory.
He said his performance in the bowl game initially pushed him toward deciding to jump to the NFL.
"At first, it seemed to me to be a pretty clear-cut decision," Boyd said. "But it's been wavering for the past five days. I sat down and prayed about it, and I just feel like this is the best decision for me.
"I had told myself, I had a little list, and I said if I do this and this against LSU, then I'm going to come out. That's what I was thinking earlier. But the more I talked about it, I got some great counsel and advice. I got to talk to Dwayne (Allen) and it helped me with my thought process and the way I measured everything up. It wasn't just flipping a coin. It was something I had to think about."
His two touchdown passes against LSU broke the ACC season record held by N.C. State's Philip Rivers. Going into the bowl game, Boyd already had set a conference record for touchdown responsibility with 43.
Boyd finished the season 287-of-427 passing for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns, with 13 interceptions. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes, and had 62 completions of 20 yards or more.
He finished fifth in the nation in passing efficiency (165.59), was seventh in total offense (339.23), and second to Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M in points responsibility (21.54 per game). He led Clemson to a No. 6 national ranking in scoring (41.0) and a ninth-place standing in total offense (512.69).
Boyd says he has a strong desire to finish what he started when he became part of Dabo Swinney's first Clemson recruiting class in 2009.
"I've developed so much since I've been here, from a personal standpoint, to my faith, and as a player," Boyd said. "I feel like I can continue to develop a little bit more.
"When Coach Swinney came in, he had this vision and dream for this program. And I sort of had the same type of deal. I feel like we have an opportunity to do something special next year. I've gotten better each year and we've gotten better each year. The way our off-season is going to go, and the way all of our players are going to be pushed, I think we can do something even more special."
Dabo Swinney talks about Tajh Boyd coming back...
“He made the best decision for himself and for Clemson. This is great for our program because I think he is the best quarterback in the country. He is not only the leader of the offense, he is the leader of this team.
“It is the best decision for him because he will benefit from another year of experience as the quarterback at this level. It will definitely make him more prepared for the National Football League.
“This is an exciting announcement for our team, coaches and our fans.”