Roderick Byers, "I Consider Myself Wide Open"

Northwestern High School (Rock Hill, SC) defensive end Roderick Byers was thought to be leaning towards South Carolina at one time but now he is wide open. Byers' high school was a busy place this spring for coaches wanting to evaluate Roderick. It also resulted in his getting some new offers.

Having all the schools drop by to visit his head coach during spring practice has made Roderick Byers look at his recruitment in a different light. "It is getting interesting," said Byers. "Right now I do not have any one school that leads for me and I consider myself wide open." Byers has waited to see what offers he would get before making a decision.

One school that Byers received an offer from following the evaluation period was Georgia Tech. "Coach (Todd) Spencer talked to my coach and told him that they really like me and that they were extending me an offer."

Byers liked what Coach Spencer had told his coach on his visit to Northwestern and made a call to Coach Spencer. "He said they like me as a defensive end but could see me adding some weight to get over 300 pounds and move inside," said Byers. "I really like the way that sounds."

With the visit and phone conversation with Coach Spencer, Byers feels that Georgia Tech is one of the schools that is recruiting him the hardest now. Byers has an offer from Texas Tech and is receiving interest from Oregon. "I know they are a good ways away but I will not close any door right now." That is proof of how wide Byers has opened his recruitment.

Roderick has been and will be listening to his parent's advice but ultimately feels the decision will be his to make. "They will support me no matter where I go." He will definitely take into consideration their advice when making that decision.

Spring practice went well for Roderick. Quite a few coaches from schools recruiting him were in attendance for the spring game last week. A new school entering the picture is Oregon. Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Wake Forest are four of the schools he plans to visit this summer.

Byers hopes to make that decision before the first game of his high school season. "I want my recruitment to be over by then if possible." Byers now has a better idea of which direction he'll be going in making his college choice.


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