"Great people to be around," said Byrd about his decision to commit to the Gators. "I feel like I'm at home when I'm there.
"It was the best place to be for me, so it was on my heart."
With his decision made, Byrd called UF assistant and tight ends coach, Greg Nord.
"I called coach Nord and they were clapping and excited," recounted Byrd about the conversation.
Byrd visited UF both in the spring and in the summer. It was his visit to Florida's Orange and Blue Debut spring game that showed him how the Gators wanted to utilize the tight ends.
What stood out was that the "tight end is a primary target," he said.
His trips south also allowed him to make great relationships with several of the coaches on staff: McElwain, director of player personnel, Drew Hughes, and tight ends coach, .
"They're good people," he said,"and they love you like one of their kids."
Byrd is Scout's No. 4 tight end in the South, and with his size at 6-foot-6, 232-pounds, UF sees his potential on its offense.
"They told me I'm the perfect fit for their offense, and I'll be a big match up problem," said Byrd.
The Stanhope Elmore playmaker chose the Gators over offers from Alabama, Michigan, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss.
"I feel a whole lot better now [after my decision]," he said. "I can strictly focus on school and football."
Byrd is the second tight end commitment to the 2017 class, he joins four-star South Florida native, Kemore Gamble.