Another ACC School Offers Byrd

Another ACC school offered a scholarship to North Augusta's C.J. Byrd Tuesday afternoon. It was the 17th offer for the rising senior WR and S who is nicknamed "Big Byrd."

ATH C.J. Byrd
6-3, 184, 4.5
North Augusta High School
North Augusta, South Carolina

"Georgia Tech pointed out that its all-ACC safety, James Butler, will be a senior this upcoming season and that C.J. would have the chance - along with the other players already on the team - to compete for immediate playing time at that position," North Augusta assistant Drew Hummel said.

"(Georgia Tech head coach) Chan Gailey raved about the aggressive style of defense that C.J, plays, but Gailey said they also think he could be a big-time receiver for them. So they are keeping the choice of positions open until they have the chance to sit down and talk with C.J. at length about it all,"

The 6-foot-3, 184-pound Byrd said he was appreciative of the scholarship offer from the ACC school.

"Georgia Tech is close to home, and Reggie Ball was considered, along with [Florida quarterback] Chris Leak ,to be the best freshman quarterback in the nation last year," Byrd said.

"I think any player would love to catch passes from either one of those guys. The only bad thing about it all is that Ball and Leak are so good that they will probably leave after their junior years, meaning I would have only one season to catch balls from them."

Byrd's other offers are from North Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Virginia, Clemson, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Oklahoma, Penn State, Maryland, South Carolina, Auburn. Byrd has made unofficial visits the over the last month to Tennesee, Clemson, Auburn and South Carolina. He will travel to Georgia this weekend and may travel to Florida over spring break next week.

"I went to camp last year at Georgia and really had a good time," Byrd said, "Everyone says Georgia football is at its best since the days of Herschel Walker, and I think one poll even has Georgia as pre-season No, 1 for next year."

"I'm really excited about going over there and meeting the players and coaches. My parents are very high on Mark Richt because they heard he is very spiritual and involved with his church ... and he has programs set up to mentor players for life after football. I think that's great because you can't play the game forever."

We will continue to keep you updated on C.J. Byrd, right up through signing day 2005.

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