Alabama OL High on Clemson

Brett Byford may not be a name you are too familiar with in the recruiting process, but the big lineman from Alabama could be a major factor come February. CUTigers.com spoke with Byford Tuesday to get the real deal on his official visit to Clemson this past weekend.

OL Brett Byford
6'4, 280, 5.1
Hartselle High School
Hartselle, Alabama

Brett Byford has put together an impressive senior campaign this year as he's been instrumental in helping lead his team to a 10-2 record and the third round of the Class 5A playoffs which will begin this weekend in Hartselle, Alabama.

Byford had the chance to visit Tiger Town officially for the Maryland game, and CUTigers.com had the opportunity to speak with him Tuesday about his time in Clemson. Here's what the big guy had to say:

How did your official visit to Clemson go this past weekend?
Byford: It went really well. I came in after my game Friday night and went to the game Saturday. During the day I toured the facilities and met will all the coaches and then I went to the game Saturday night. The next day I went to church with Coach Bowden and then they flew me out. I had a good time.

Was there anything that really stood out in your mind while you there?
Byford: I enjoyed talking to the strength coach a whole lot and also my recruiter, Justin Watts.

What schools are recruiting you the hardest?
Byford: I'd say Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Nebraska.

Would those be your top 4 schools right now?
Byford: Yes sir, they would.

Would distance be a factor for you in choosing a school?
Byford: No sir.

Tell us about your official visits that you've taken so far.
Byford: Well I've taken two now, one to Clemson and one to South Carolina. I'm in the process of setting up two more but I haven't got them set up yet. I'm trying to the get the dates ready to go to Nebraska and Georgia Tech.

How did your visit go at South Carolina?
Byford: It was real good. I went down there for the Tennessee game and had a good time.

What's your decision really going to come down to...what's really important to you?
Byford: Basically I'm checking out the coaches and everything else, but the bottom line for me is that I'm just going to get on my knees and try to find God's will...that's the most important thing. That's basically what it will come down to. Distance really isn't a factor, I'd rather travel a 1000 miles and be in the will of God then to stay down right the road and not be.

Do you have a timetable for a decision on your school of choice?
Byford: Well, orginally I wanted to do it by the end of the year, but I need to get those visits in before I decide. If I can those visits in by the end of the year, then hopefully I can figure it out. I might not though. Basically I'll probably decide after I take my visits.

Are you playing as a guard or tackle right now?
Byford: Guard. I've beeen playing pretty good, I'm stronger this year than I have last year. Right now I'm 6'4, 280, 300 pound bench press and I run the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds.

How has your senior season been going for you?
Byford: Well we are 10-2 right now and in the third round of the playoffs. We've won 9 games in a row right now playing in Class 5A.

We'd like to conclude by thanking Brett for taking the time to speak with us. With an official visit already in the books, things certainly look good for the Tigers up to this point in the recruiting process. Stay tuned.

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