The Punisher

Pasco HS DB Jamie Byrd (Dade City, FL) is scheduled to take his first official visit next Thursday as he will visit Boise State. Boise State has flexed its recruiting muscle on a national scale in recent years so it's not a big surprise to see the coaching staff mining the Sunshine State for talent. Byrd spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his interest in Boise State and his recruitment thus far.

Pasco HS DB Jamie Byrd (Dade City, FL) is scheduled to take his first official visit next Thursday as he will visit Boise State and see what the program has to offer. Boise State has flexed its recruiting muscle on a national scale in recent years so it shouldn't be a big surprise to see the coaching staff mining the Sunshine State for talent. "They started coming back around the second or third game of the season," he said in regards to Boise State. "They want me to take a visit and then continue with the process," he added.

It appears that Byrd will most likely receive an offer on the visit or in the days to follow. Jeff Choate is in his first year coaching the Nickels at Boise State and made the trip to Florida for an in-home visit with Byrd. "Coach Choate came to see me today. That made me feel special," he stated. "I know he came a long ways and I've got to be one of the only kids in Florida to be recruited by them. He was straight forward and real about everything that's going on."

The talented DB will also take official visits to Iowa State, Western Michigan, and Florida Atlantic. Playing time will be a big factor in Byrd's decision. "I'm looking for a school that will make me a leader and a place where I can play football," he said. "I don't want to go somewhere where I will sit the bench. I want to play football."

Jamie (6'0, 180) is versatile and made the transition from LB to Safety with ease. Pasco finished the 2010 season with an 11-1 record and Byrd's athletic ability on defense was a big reason why they were so successful. "I performed great this year. I made big plays for my team," he said. "I played LB last year so I had to become less aggressive and more patient on defense. I knew I couldn't let the ball go over my head."

Byrd finished his senior season with 80 tackles, 2 INTs, and 3 forced fumbles. What does he bring to the field? "I try to punish you," he said. "I hit. That's what I do. A lot of people that watch me know that I'm aggressive," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Jamie Byrd.

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