Damiere Byrd acts like a great shooter in basketball that gets pigeon holed as a one-trick pony. The wide receiver defends himself against his eye-popping speed numbers that precede him.
"I am a smart football player that knows how to read defense and how to get open," the Class of 2011 four-star recruit said. "I don't use my speed until I get the ball. I don't rely on it more than I have to."
The New Jersey product, which Scout.com ranks as the No. 21 WR nationally in '11, caught 38 passes for 605 yards and two touchdowns last fall. He also carried the ball 78 times for 685 yards and eight more scores, adding a punt return TD. He was named first-team All-Conference and Group III and second-team All South-Jersey.
Byrd ran a 4.3-second, 40-yard dash at a Scout Combine in Baltimore last season. He was the state champion in the 55-meter for New Jersey as a junior with a time of 6.39 seconds.
"I didn't expect it," Byrd said of the Hawkeyes' offer. "I haven't had a lot of contact with them. Coach (Darrell) Wilson did come out to practice a few times and a couple of games last season.
"I talked with him (Tuesday) and he said they looked at my tape and liked what they saw. They like my ability and feel like I can help their offense."
Byrd (5-9, 162) said he's a college football fan and is aware of Iowa's accomplishments.
"I watched them last season," he said. "They had a great year."
Byrd said he does not have a list of favorites and still is evaluating the schools interested in him. He is a little more familiar with the programs he's visited - Rutgers, Connecticut and South Carolina.
"I'm going to try to get to a couple of schools for spring practices," Byrd said.
Byrd was still looking into the opportunity of coming out to Iowa City.
"If that's possible, I'd like to," he said. "I know a lot of New Jersey guys have had success out there. I'd like to see what it's all about out there."