When Alabama announced it was signing quarterback Tajh Boyd, the Tigers were already well aware of their potential targets for 2017.
Boyd, who was previously the starting quarterback at Alabama, was one of the top quarterbacks in the country heading into the 2015 season.
He threw for 4,942 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four seasons at Alabama and led the Crimson Tide to a national championship.
After spending three seasons at the University of Southern California, Boyd transferred to Oklahoma State for his senior season and started three games in 2015.
The Sooners’ offense, which was led by quarterback Connor Shaw, was dominant and the Tigers won five straight games, including a 23-13 victory over the Sooners in the Big 12 title game.
In Boyd’s two seasons at Oklahoma State, the Sooner offense finished in the top 10 nationally in passing efficiency, rushing offense, passing yards per game and total offense.
The offense also produced two Heisman Trophy winners in quarterback Blake Barnett and wide receiver Kenny Hill.
Boyd has been recruited by Clemson, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.
Clemson has been a favorite for his services since the 2017 recruiting class was announced.
Clemson and Alabama are close friends, and Clemson has worked out three other quarterbacks in this class, but the Tigers have yet to announce who will be their fifth quarterback.
Boyd is the No. 2 overall player in the 2017 class according to 247Sports.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback has completed 62.4 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and three interceptions for the Soonos.
Boyd’s junior year was a big success, as he was a top-15 quarterback in the 247Sports Composite and had a 68.9 grade among the nation’s top 100.
Clemson currently has a 6-6 record with three losses in the last four games.