ASU Marks the First Visit for Missouri DB

Jarius Byrd, a 6-0 200 prospect from Clayton, Missouri and son of former San Diego Charger Gill Byrd, talked to Devils Digest following his December 17th visit to Tempe.

"It was good," said Byrd of the visit. "I liked the weather, the players…it was my first visit, so I don't have nothing to compare it to. But I could tell from my visit that it was a nice place. I have nothing but good things to say about them." He added that coach Mark Carrier is recruiting the defensive back.

Despite being the furthest school to recruit him, the Sun Devils have been targeting Byrd early in the process. "ASU offered me my junior year," he commented. "They were my first offer. I was kinda surprised that they were the first ones. I'm originally from San Diego, so they know that I wouldn't mind playing on the west coast." Jarius grew up in San Diego where his father Gil played as a defensive back.

Byrd listed Illinois, New Mexico State. Colorado State among his other offers. "I'm probably forgetting some schools…I have no favorites, because I need to take some more trips." Currently he has no other scheduled visits. He did list Oregon and Louisville as the newest schools coming into the picture, and those schools may be the recipients of Byrd's upcoming visits. "Depending on how the other visits go, I may not take all five trips," he remarked. "If I found what I like, I don't have to take all five trips."

Academics and facilities are both high on his list as factors that will determine his school of choice, and he mentioned that the Sun Devils ranked high on both. Byrd listed his awareness on the field as his biggest asset, but admitted that he needed to get faster (clocked at the high 4.5's).

With a 2.7 GPA and an 18 on his ACT the defensive back should be in good shape to qualify.

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