November 17, 2008

Pahokee’s Byrd a hot commodity

One of the most underrated players in the South Florida this fall is rivals 3-star cornerback Jarvis Byrd from Pahokee High School. The 5 foot 10, 175-pound Byrd has seen his list of college suitors continue to grow. A new comer to his recruitment is FIU and Coach Mario Cristobal.

"They (FIU) talked to my dad and got my cell phone number. They are supposed to call me this week. I had not heard from them before, but they told my dad that they liked how I played."

So, now a Big Ten school maybe close to offering you a scholarship?

"Purdue called me last week and ask if I was still interested in a scholarship offer from them," said Byrd. "When I said yes they said they would give me a call next week and let me know what is up."

Have any schools moved to the top of your list?

"NC State, Troy and Ball State are probably my top schools right now."

What other schools are you hearing from the most?

"Maryland is on me pretty hard even though they have not offered. They are going to offer me or a guy from a JUCO. I am also hearing from FAU. I just talked to Coach Williams last week."

Do you have any visits set up?

"I am heading up to Troy this weekend on an official visit. I have already taken a visit to Alabama State with some guys from Glades Central. After Troy my next visit might be NC State. They were trying to bring me up this weekend, but their game is at 1:00pm and I wouldn't be able to make it in time."

Pahokee now is preparing to defend their class 2B state title with the playoffs starting Friday. This past Saturday Pahokee lost their annual "Muck Bowl" to arch rival Glades Central 19-14.

SCOUTING REPORT:

PERFORMANCE: Tied for the team lead with eight tackles in a 28-10 victory over Vero Beach (Fla.) High.
STRENGTHS: Has good size for a corner and isn't afraid to come up in run pursuit and make a big hit. He also is a weapon on coverage teams.
WEAKNESSES: The only thing that may be keeping him from more BCS offers is a better test score. Needs to work on coming out of his backpedal and breaking on the ball. - BARRY EVERY


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