Colorado Linebacker Takes Unofficial @ ISU

If it wasn't for some bad luck during his sophomore season, Dan Byers could have up to five or six offers from major division one schools at this point and time. Byers went down with an ankle injury during his sophomore year and this brother of a highly touted lineman now playing at USC is waiting for his chance during summer camps to prove what he's made of and rack up the offers that he thinks he deserves.

Byers, a 6'0, 225 pound linebacker out of Fort Collins, Col. is currently sitting without an offer, but expect that to change after the summer camp season. Byers was moved from linebacker to nose guard for most of the season due to his lack of mobility coming off of the injury but expects to play linebacker at the next level.


His ankle is better, but schools recruiting him are wanting to see that in person before they will start offering the linebacker.


"I'm going to be going to a lot of camps. I need to show that I can run and move because of the ankle injury that I had last season. It's important for them to see me out on the field. I totally understand. I'm more than happy to do that," said Byers.


Not only does Byers understand the concerns of the numerous schools recruiting him, he's looking forward to the challenge.


"Personally I feel like this. How can you offer a guy without actually seeing him in person? It makes sense. They are investing a lot in college players and they want to make sure that the guys that they are recruiting are what they really think they are. I totally believe in that so I need to go prove myself," said Byers.


Byers is on the right track in proving himself. At numerous combines held this spring, the linebacker has been running 40 times in the 4.6 range.


Last weekend Byers made an unofficial visit to Iowa State and he had some good things to say about his trip to Ames and the Cyclone coaching staff.


"I definitely think that Iowa State's stock has gone up for me. It was a chance for me to get to know the coaches and for them to get to know me. It was really good for both of us to be in contact with each other. I really enjoyed it," said Byers.


Iowa State assistant coach Tony Alford is becoming quite the recruiting force in the state of Colorado. Alford was instrumental in bringing linebacker Kris Means to Iowa State last season and he's played a key role in the recruitment of Byers as well.


"I went up last weekend and I got a chance to visit with Tony Alford. He's been the one recruiting me. He introduced me to the coaching staff. They are all great guys. They're really positive," Byers said.


Byers went on about how great the facilities were as well.


"I got to see all of the facilities, which were awesome. I really thought that their weight room and training room were definitely top of the line. I was really impressed by everything and the hospitality of the coaches. I got to see some of the players work out and stuff like that. That was really cool too," Byers said.


Iowa State is not alone in the stalled recruitment of Dan Byers. In fact, numerous big-time schools are waiting until camp to offer as well. Byers said that he's had regular conversations with Iowa, Colorado State, Colorado, Wyoming, UCLA, Arizona State, and Kansas State along with the Cyclones.


"All of those schools want me to come out to camp. They are all in the same position with me that Iowa State is," Byers said.


Right now his offer list is sitting at zero, but by July Byers could realistically hold up to 10 big-time offers.


Will Iowa State choose to role the dice? We'll see as Byers said he's definitely coming to Iowa State's camp in June.


Byers is the younger brother of Jeff Byers,'s number one player in the nation in 2004. Jeff is currently playing at USC. Byers also played high school ball with current Cyclone, Derrick Catlett.


CN will keep you updated on the recruitment of Byers.


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