Junior to Watch: OL Jeff Byers

There may not be a better prospect in Colorado next year than talented two way lineman Jeff Byers. Byers, 6-4, 270 pounds from Loveland (Colo.) already has offers from some of the nation's top programs and could really blow up this spring.

Two major colleges have already told us they believe Byers is the top center prospect in the country and after watching some film on him, that definitely could be true. The lineman has incredible feet and his ability to get out on pulls and sweeps is amazing. He's a very physical player with a non-stop motor and has the kind of size and strength to play early at whatever college he chooses.

"I was electronically timed at my school running a 4.76 40 recently," Byers said. "I'm doing track and that has helped me a lot with my speed. I also bench 375 pounds and squat over 500."

Byers is also impressive on the defensive line and has started both ways since his freshman year. A few of the colleges recruiting him actually like him better on defense although we love his future on the offensive line as a center or guard. He's just such an explosive player and he really knows how to finish a player off.

The lineman is hearing from all colleges all over the country and offers have come in from UCLA, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Colorado State, Stanford, Texas, Colorado and Alabama. Just as impressive, Byers is carrying a 3.94 GPA in the classroom and will take the ACT later in the spring.

"Academics will play a big role in my decision," Byers said. "You never know where your career in football will take you, so you need a backup plan. My parents have always really pushed academics in my life, though they will let me make my own decision when it's all said and done. I feel that Stanford, Texas and UCLA are the top three academic institutions in Divison I football and as a result, those three are my favorites right now.

"I'm also looking at the quality of the football program, including the coaching staff, and how much playing time I could get early in my career. I don't want to sit on the bench for two years, and I don't want to be a tackling dummy. I want to play."

Byers will take an up close and personal look at several schools in the coming months. He's currently on spring break and is visiting Texas and Oklahoma this week. April 5 he is taking a trip to Boulder to check out in-state Colorado. In early June, he will make a California swing to see UCLA, USC and Stanford. Then to wrap things up, he is going to Nebraska's football camp June 12-14 and will see Kansas State on his way back.


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