Byrd Taking Game To Big Ten

With just three schools remaining on his list, Russell Byrd made his decision, and will play in the Big Ten Conference.

After taking numerous visits to all of the schools involved, Russell Byrd settled in on his college decision on Friday. He gave the Michigan State coaches the word just after school.

"It was the feeling that I got going up there a third and fourth time to Michigan State," Byrd said. "It's where I want to be. The other two schools were great, but it just all kind of fell into place up there. It's only an hour and a half away and I love Coach [Tom] Izzo."

"The players felt like family immediately," he continued. "I just think they have a real good situation up there and I feel like I'll fit in pretty well."

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing had serious interest in Kentucky and Michigan. Byrd,'s 21st ranked wing, took unofficial visits to Kentucky three times and Michigan twice.

"The family feel and the players," Byrd responded when asked what stood out about MSU. "It was really obvious they wanted to make me feel welcome. I really think that I can continue to improve my game up there."

The Fort Wayne (Ind.) Blackhawk Christian standout is Michigan State's second 2010 commitment. He joins four-star guard Keith Appling, of Detroit (Mich.) Pershing.

Byrd is ranked No. 69 overall by

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