August 22, 2010

Byrd keeping options open

Though he has already identified three of the schools he will be taking official visits to this fall, four-star wide receiver Damiere Byrd said over the weekend that he does not have any favorites.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound prospect from Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek is obviously high on South Carolina, Iowa and Ole Miss, otherwise he wouldn't be taking official visits to those schools in the coming months.

All three schools are recruiting him as a slot receiver, so his role in each offensive system would be similar. He has already visited South Carolina but has not been to Iowa and Ole Miss yet, so his first impression at each school will be pivotal for their chances.

"I haven't put out a top three," Byrd said, rejecting the idea that those three schools are at the top of his list. "I haven't narrowed anything down. I think I'll just probably take those three [visits], though."

While those three schools may not technically be favorites it's clear they have an advantage, as Byrd does not plan on taking official visits to other schools.

"I'm still open to other schools," he said. "I've been talking to coaches through e-mail and online."

Byrd's first game is on September 10. He and his teammates at Timber Creek just finished their first week of two-a-days and they have one more week of that remaining.

"I think we're looking good," he said. "I think we're doing better as a team at this point than we were at this time last year."

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