Byrum Has Trust in Beatty

With connections to the area, Wisconsin wide receiver coach Chris Beatty continues to be proactive in Virginia, using an old connection to offer Virginia Beach (VA) Tallwood junior safety Christian Byrum.

MADISON - Virginia Beach (VA) Tallwood junior safety Christian Byrum didn't plan on having to deal with any distractions for his all important junior season. Seldom things got according to plan.

In the first possession of his season, Byrum ran a wide receiver reverse and felt a searing pain in his ankle after being taken down to the field.

"I thought that I fractured it," said Byrum.

Fortunately, Byrum's diagnosis was a high ankle sprain. After missing the first three games of the season, Byrum finished with 65 tackles, four tackles for loss, seven deflections and an interception in his seven games. "After I recovered from my injury," Byrum told Badger Nation, "I think I finished off the season pretty good."

The 6-1, 195-pound Byrum hold offers from North Carolina State and Charlotte, but added another from wide receiver Coach Chris Beatty and Wisconsin. Playing right in the area where Beatty grew up around and got to know very well from his days coaching, Beatty coached Byrum's defensive backs coach in high school, who helped tip off Beatty about Byrum.

"They are really good friends," Byrum said of Beatty and his DB coach. "Coach Beatty told me Monday they were working on an offer and was going to contact my coach when they had made the final decision. My coach told me the news right after school and I got pretty excited.

"My coach can definitely give me an insight on how Coach Beatty is and wouldn't steer me the wrong way. Since he has a good relationship with Coach Beatty, then I am pretty sure that I can have a good relationship with Coach Beatty."

With Wisconsin being only his third offer, the highly-touted defender didn't deny how impactful the Wisconsin offer was to him.

"Oh this offer is really big!" Beatty exclaimed. "Wisconsin is one of the best Big Ten teams in the nation and they are going to BCS bowl games every year. It is big time football and I would like to take a visit up there, so I can see what it is like."

Byrum is planning on visiting Wisconsin in the summer. He is also planning on visiting Charlotte and N.C. State at the end of March. As far as when he would like to announce his decision, Byrum is looking at the end of the summer, but could possibly see it go all the way to Signing Day.

"The way I play the game, we usually run a lot of cover 3, so they want me deep or in the box," said Byrum. "It really doesn't matter to me, I will play everywhere. I really like to play aggressively and tackle hard like the way Taylor Mays played at USC. That is pretty much who I would see myself as right now. I just like to run around the field and make big plays."

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