March 22, 2004

Byrd Gets Another Offer

Perhaps no other college prospect in the nation has seen his stock soar in recent weeks as C.J. Byrd of North Augusta, S.C.

Byrd was offered a football scholarship by the University of Oklahoma on Monday morning.

"Oklahoma called to see if C.J. was sincerely interested in the Sooners," North Augusta assistant Drew Hummel said. "And again, like we said with LSU last week, C.J. will have a lot of tough decisions to make during the recruiting process, but asking whether or not he interested in playing for national championship programs such as Oklahoma is not one of them.

"Of course, Byrd was interested. He was thrilled. He was just about speechless after he called back and talked with the Oklahoma coaches. This is big time. I'm sure that Oklahoma has recruited South Carolina players in the past, but I can't remember any in recent years."

It was the 13th scholarship offer so far for the player who is affectionately called "Big Byrd" because of his good-natured-attitude and tall but muscular build. Last week brought in offers from Tennessee, LSU and Virginia for the 6-foot-3, 184-pounder who is being recruited at both WR and FS.

"Oklahoma assistant Darrell Wyatt said that he had seen tapes of most of the top junior wide receivers across the nation and C.J. was the cream of the crop," Hummel said. "They are coming for our spring practice (in late May), but they said they wanted to go ahead and offer a scholarship today ... and they did.

"Oklahoma has five senior receivers for this year and they need someone who can step right in and play. They feel like Big Byrd is the type of player to do that at a national-championship caliber program."

Byrd's other offers include Georgia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Auburn, and Illinois. More than 40 other colleges are sending mail on a routine basis and have requested film of Byrd.

"If I go far away from home, I want the chance to play for national championships every year," Byrd said. "It seems like Oklahoma is fighting it out for the title every season. I'm excited. The Lord has opened some amazing doors for me. I don't know what I have done to deserve all of this, but I am thankful and appreciative."

"I really have to give all the credit to my teammates and coaches. My coaches have really stressed hard work in both football and with academics. My teammates played great, carried out their assignments during games last year and put me in a position to make some plays. All of this recruiting certainly isn't all about me ... a lot of other people were involved to make this happen. Football is a team sport, we're all in this together at North Augusta and I am above no one else."

Big Byrd has made unofficial visits this spring to Clemson, Auburn and South Carolina with trips planned over the next two weeks to Tennessee and Georgia.

"Oklahoma and LSU are two premiere programs," said Hummel,"and when they say you are hands down one of the best prospects in the nation and offer you scholarship without ever seeing you in person ... it's mind-boggling,"

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