TheInsiders.com No. 1 overall prospect has wanted to narrow his school choices down for sometime now. But that's a tough call to make for anyone, especially for Byers considering he could play for virtually any program in the country if he wanted to.
Going into the month of September, Byers had scholarship offers from coast to coast, from Miami to Ohio State, from Texas, to UCLA and almost everyone in between. But enough is enough, or should we now say eight is enough, as Byers has narrowed it down to eight very lucky schools.
"USC, UCLA, Colorado, Texas, Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa are the eight schools I have it narrowed down to," Byers said moments ago. "That's not in any order either. I looked at a ton of schools and each school that made this list fell into my criteria that I was looking for: academics, chemistry and the coaching staffs. Each school has great academics, good team chemistry and I really like the coaching staffs. I have just about the same thoughts about all eight schools. Now I need to take the next step.
"I will most likely take my five official visits and maybe some more unofficial visits during the year. But I hope to make a decision sometime in November, maybe December."
Actually Byers only has four official visits to take because he made his first one last weekend to Columbus, as he visited the Ohio State Buckeyes.
"It was a blast," Byers explained. "Ohio State was a ton of fun. I got to know the players and coaches. The game day atmosphere is incredible. It was everything I expected at Ohio State and more. The place is just crazy, the fans are crazy and I loved it. Coach (Jim) Tressel is a great coach that does the job well and does it with passion. I like that."
For more on this story, click here - Eight is Enough -- or check out our profile of Jeff Byers in the August issue of Hawkeye Illustrated magazine.