Byrd excited to be a Wildcat

Jamie Byrd committed to the Wildcats on Friday morning. Read on to find out why he committed, where he will play, and more.

Early Friday morning, Arizona picked up a commitment from another junior college player, as Iowa Western safety Jamie Byrd pledged his verbal commitment to the Wildcats.

"I really like the program," Byrd said. "It felt good. I felt like they needed me, not just wanted me. I can go there and play right away.

"It feels like they are family. Everything they have talked about doing, they have done and that means a lot."

Byrd has been unable to take an unofficial visit to Tucson, but made his commitment to Arizona anyways.

"I haven't seen the campus yet, but I have heard good things," he said. "I have always loved the program and it was one of the schools that I always thought about going to. It is just like a family for me."

While the safety would not say it publicly, Arizona has been on his mind for a while.

"There were a bunch of different reasons that I decided to commit there," Byrd said. "I will say one thing. People kept asking where I was going. I never gave them an answer, but in my head, Arizona was always the first school that came to mind.

"Every time someone asked that, Arizona was on my mind. I just took it as a sign from God that it's where I need to be."

One of the reasons for the incredible comfort level that the safety had with Arizona was his bond with the coaches.

"I have a great relationship with the coaches," Byrd said. "They are like family to me and did a great job recruiting me."

Arizona plans on using Byrd throughout the secondary, but he will mainly fall into one of the safety positions.

"They want to use me at a couple different positions, but mostly the strong or free safety," he said. "I will probably play at the strong safety position most. My preference is probably the strong, but I can play either."

The athlete has made it no secret that he enjoys hitting offensive players when given the opportunity.

"I like coming down and hitting people," Byrd said. "I like to get low and drive into the ball carrier. I can get in the box and blitz and that really helps me with my game.'

Byrd will be graduating from Iowa Western in December with two years to play two at Arizona. Until then, he will be trying to improve his game.

"Right now, I am just going to focus on winning at Iowa Western," he said. "I want to become a better safety. I switched to it my junior year of high school, so I'm good at it, but I can be a lot better.

"I like to hit guys, so I am also working on picking up the ball better. I want to be in a better position to get in there and knock the ball out."

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