November 8, 2004

Byrd sets date with UGA

North Augusta ATH C.J. Byrd (6-3, 189, 4.37) has set an official visit with the University of Georgia for Jan. 14. The Bulldogs join Southern Cal, Florida State and Clemson as one of the four finalists for Byrd, who has the most scholarship offers out of any player in South Carolina with 33. UGA assistant John Eason watched Byrd play his final game this season on Friday in Orangeburg, S.C.

"It was great to see Coach Eason at the game, I couldn't talk to him but I saw him," Byrd said. "Georgia has one of the nation's best programs and they have been with me since the beginning of the recruiting process.

"I like Georgia because they compete for conference and national championships every year, the school is located 100 miles from my home, and (Mark Richt) is a God-fearing man and not afraid to show it.

"My parents and I are excited about going over there in January for a visit."

Byrd made an unofficial visit to Florida State on Saturday and met with legendary coach Bobby Bowden.

"Coach Bowden seemed like a great person, the same exact way he comes across on TV," Byrd said. "What really caught my eye about FSU were the facilities. Its stadium looks like a palace."




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