Football Prospect Looking For Guidance

A Tiger Ticket report features comments from one of the state of Alabama's top football prospects.

Hartselle, Ala.--Football recruits make decisions on which school to attend for a variety of reasons.

It could be he decides on the team he grew up rooting for or it could be the facilities. The tradition of winning, the coaching staff or even the girls are the primary consideration for some prospects.

But big offensive tackle Brett Byford tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that while some of those things are important he will consider something else when making his choice. As one of the more highly-recruited players in the state this year, he has plenty of options, but says that the decision isn't really his to make.

Brett Byford

"Basically my whole approach to recruiting since day one is to take in whatever offers I get and just pray about them and see where God wants me to go because that's where I'll go," Byford says. "I guess recruiting-wise I'm getting a lot of phone calls and a lot of letters. Auburn was going to come to my school last week, but they had to cancel because of the weather. They said they are probably going to offer me this weekend if I come to the Arkansas game so I'll probably do that.

"I have offers from Southern Miss, South Carolina, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Troy State, Middle Tennessee State, Indiana and Oklahoma State right now," he says. "I'm wide open right now because I'm waiting on God. There are schools I like a lot and schools I'm not so crazy about. This kind of sounds crazy, but my opinion really isn't going to affect my decision so it's not really that relevant."

At 6-4, 290 pounds with quick feet and good strength, Byford is perhaps the premier run blocking offensive lineman in Alabama this season along with Russellville's Aaron Sears. A three-year starter at left tackle, he has been a fixture for Hartselle and hopes to end his career on a high note as a senior.

"We're 4-2 and 4-1 in the region," he notes. "We're looking pretty good. Our defense is really awesome and our offense is getting it together. I think we're going to be real good. I'm hoping to finish about second in the region. We played Russellville earlier in the season and they beat us 35-21.

"Personally, I'm having a good season. I think I'm having a better season than I did last year. I'm doing pretty good. I'm just as quick as I was last year plus I'm 20 pounds heavier and a good bit stronger. Last year I was pretty good, but I got by mostly on my quickness. This year I'm stronger so that helps me."

A person of very strong faith, Byford says that he is not really concerned with what he sees football-wise on his visits. Planning to major in either journalism or history, he notes that he's concerned with the people he meets on his visits and the atmosphere of the surroundings.

"I'll be looking for career opportunities--opportunities for ministry and opportunities for football. I guess tradition and that stuff might matter to some, but it doesn't play a part to me at all. Facilities aren't that important to me. I'll play in a high school stadium if I have to. That doesn't really bother me as much as the opportunities. It's more about prayer and what God is showing me. I don't want to do this on my own."

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