Scout's No. 4 tight end in the South visited Florida twice in recent months, one for the spring game and the other this summer, and during his visits, Byrd saw UF's interest in throwing the ball to the tight ends.
"I like what they [the offense] does," said Byrd after seeing the Gators spring game. "They throw the ball to the tight ends a lot... I liked the way DeAndre Goolsby plays and how involved he was in the offense."
"I like everything about it," he added about his trip to Gainesville. "They took me on a campus tour and the nursing staff, since I want to be an anesthesiologist. I liked everything about it: the stadium, the coaches, everybody."
According to Scout Analyst, John Garcia, Byrd is a good addition to the class.
"6-foot-6, 232 pounds. That simply cannot be taught," said Garcia. "This is the frame of an NFL-type tight end and Zech Byrd has it going on in high school. He is one of the more balanced tight ends in the class, meaning he can be effective both as a blocker as well as a receiver. With good strength and long arms, Byrd's reach enables him to control smaller defenders while it helps make up for a lack of bulk against bigger ones.
"As a receiver, either on the end of the line or flexed out, he gains ground in a hurry with his stride and is a threat after the catch to some degree. Byrd will add weight and increase his strength in a college weight room and coupled with route-running polish, he can develop into a top-tier SEC tight end before his time on campus is up."
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Byrd is Florida's 14th pledge in the 2017 class, second this month. He joins four-star South Florida native, Kemore Gamble, as the second tight end to commit to McElwain and his staff.