Morris, who is in his first season at Clemson, wasn't in the mood to offer Boyd a pat on the back. This meeting was about the big picture, and the fact Boyd hadn't established himself in the grand scheme of what Morris had planned.
It was essentially one giant kick in the rear end. Boyd, a Phoebus High graduate, wasn't comfortable with the offense, and Clemson's coaching staff wasn't comfortable with him as the Tigers' bona fide starting quarterback just yet.
"For any quarterback, if you're not in a comfort zone, things are not really going to go well," said Boyd, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound sophomore who will lead No. 13 Clemson on Saturday at No. 11 Virginia Tech (4-0 overall).
Finding the right quarterback to run the offense he'd tweaked and honed in seven seasons of Texas high school football and one season as Tulsa's offensive coordinator was critical for Morris.
In 2003, Morris was the coach at Stephenville High in Stephenville, Texas, and Gus Malzahn was the coach at Springdale High in Springdale, Ark. Morris flew his entire offensive coaching staff from Dallas to Arkansas on multiple weekends to meet with Malzahn, who would ultimately go on to become Auburn's offensive coordinator and helped lead the Tigers to the national championship last season.
Morris wanted to learn more about the formation and motion-heavy spread offense Malzahn had developed. Morris and Malzahn were basically strangers at first, but Morris' investment in time with Malzahn paid off.
No team Morris coached between '03 and last season, including Stephenville, Lake Travis High in Austin (where he won two state titles) and Tulsa, finished with fewer than 10 wins per season.
With that kind of track record, Morris wasn't about to settle on just any quarterback to run his operation once he got hired at Clemson (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
"He better have a great summer, and he better take ownership of it," said Morris regarding his post-spring message to Boyd. "When we started football Aug. 5 (at Clemson), or whenever we started, he better be so far ahead of where he ended spring ball that it isn't even close."
Boyd obviously heeded Morris' advice.
Through four games, Boyd has completed 90 of 136 pass attempts (66 percent) for 1,255 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception. In wins against No. 19 Auburn and No. 11 Florida State the last two weeks, Boyd completed a combined 52 of 77 passes for 730 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
He points to that post-spring meeting with Morris as a turning point in his development.
"It was huge," said Boyd, whose mother, father, brother and sister moved to nearby Seneca, S.C. – eight miles from Clemson – to be closer to Tajh. "(Morris) just told me that this offense was going to go as far as I control."
It doesn't hurt that Boyd is surrounded by players that came to Clemson with quite a reputation. Boyd, freshman wide receiver Sammy Watkins, junior running back Andre Ellington, sophomore wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and junior tight end Dwayne Allen were all rated by most recruiting analysts among the nation's top 25 prospects at their respective positions coming out of high school.
"Somebody is bound to be open," said Boyd of Morris' offense, which Boyd added targets 80-plus snaps per game. "You've just got to find the matchup."
Despite Boyd's success in Morris' spread, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney believes Boyd is more than just a system quarterback. Swinney has seen Boyd show an aptitude for interpreting defensive looks.
"I think Tajh would have been a great quarterback [in] whatever offense is out there," Swinney said. "He's perfect for what we do because we're really taking advantage of all of his skills.
"He's always had the skill set, but he's really developed into a quarterback. He really had a lot to learn when he got here. He knows what he's doing, and why he's doing it. He's become the unquestioned leader."
When Boyd sets foot in Lane Stadium, he'll at least be back in familiar territory. Not only will be in the state where he first started to make a name for himself at quarterback, it'll also be the site of one of his greatest victories.
The last time he was in Lane Stadium in 2008, he walked out a champion, after leading Phoebus to a 37-13 win against Dinwiddie in the Group AAA Division 5 state title game.
Boyd doesn't expect the Blacksburg atmosphere this coming Saturday night to be anywhere near as inviting as it was that December afternoon in '08 for Phoebus.
"I was actually talking to some of the guys about that earlier…how the last time I left that stadium (Phoebus) won, but it's going to be a crazy game (Saturday)," Boyd said. "(Tech quarterback) Logan Thomas texted me as soon as he knew the time and everything for the game. He was like, 'You know we've got a night game in Lane Stadium.' It's going to be exciting. I'm pretty sure it's going to be really loud."