Talented WR to Visit Auburn

A wide receiver prospect discusses his interest in Auburn and other colleges as he prepares for an official visit to AU.

Boutte, La.--With good size, good hands and good speed, LaRon Byrd is the type of football prospect who draws plenty of attention from college coaches.

This weekend, he will be hanging out with Auburn's coaches, who are interested in signing the 6-3, 210-pound wide receiver from Hahnville High. Byrd tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he definitely has interest in Coach Tommy Tuberville's team.

"Right now, my top two schools are Auburn and Miami," he says.

Commenting on the Tigers, he says, "Growing up watching Auburn, I knew them mostly as a running school," he says. "Then Coach Tuberville got the offensive coordinator from Troy.

"My cousin who is at Troy told me they pass the ball a lot. From talking to Auburn's wide receiver coach, Coach (Greg) Knox, he told me they will be using five wide receiver sets and they will be going no-huddle. He told me there would be a chance to get on the field and play as a freshman."

Commenting on Miami, Byrd says, "Growing up, I was a Miami fan and I liked LSU. I really liked Miami, which has a lot of history. At the beginning of the season, I was really into LSU, but things didn't work out with them on that (offensive) side of the ball. Miami likes to spread the ball out and they always have a dual-threat quarterback who can pass the ball and scramble. Sometimes they give you one on one coverage."

A prospect who ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at a Scout.com Combine last year in New Orleans, Byrd says he was disappointed in how his senior football season finished. "I wasn't really happy because our team didn't make it to state," he says.

The senior certainly did his part to help the team. "I had like 50 catches, 700 yards and 13 touchdowns and on defense I had three interceptions," he says.

He played free safety on defense, but says the colleges he is interested in are recruiting him to play offense, which is where he wants to line up as a collegian.

Byrd took his first official visit to Tulane in December and notes he likes the Green Wave. "They run a four-receiver set and they like to throw the ball a lot," he points out.

The week after his trip to Auburn he has an official visit lined up to Mississippi State. "I am supposed to visit them the 18th, but my team has a basketball tournament so I don't know if I will be able to go," he says. "I will have to talk to my coach and see how that works out."

He will visit Miami on Feb. 1st and Nebraska and other colleges have been trying to line up a visit.

An athlete who can play virtually any position on the basketball court, he has been getting letters from colleges about playing that sport at the next level. "I have got a couple of schools talking to me about basketball," he says, noting that Old Dominion seems to be the most interested.

However, Byrd notes that football is going to be his ticket to the next level. "I am looking for a college where I will have a good opportunity," he says. "I am not really saying that I want to rush the coach's decision and say that as soon as I walk on campus I should play, but if I deserve to play I hope they put me in the game.

"I am looking for a place that is going to give me a fair chance of coming in and competing for playing time," says Byrd, who has taken advanced placement and honors classes at Hahnville High. "I want to go to a college where I am going to get a good education. I am planning to study business management so that is important to me. I am looking for a winning school. Overall, I am looking for a place where I can catch some balls and get a good education at the same time."

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