Iowa Makes the Cut with New Jersey WR

Already armed with three WR commits in the 2011 Class, Iowa remained in the picture for four-star wideout Demiere Byrd of New Jersey. The standout trimmed his list of prospective schools to seven recently and the Hawkeyes made the cut. Hawkeye Insider's Josh Harvey provides the details in this premium update.

Iowa already has three wide receiver commitments in the 2011 recruiting class, but the Hawkeyes would always make room for New Jersey product Damiere Byrd. After receiving over 24 offers, the 4-star prospect filled in on his first round of cuts.

"I don't have any favorites at this point, but I brought my list down to seven schools. Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa, Rutgers, Pitt, West Virginia, and South Carolina are it," said Byrd. "There are a couple things that I will be looking for. I definitely want to be able to have a chance to play. Another is that every time I step out on to the practice field, will I be able to learn something new. I also want a school where I have plenty of opportunities to get into my field (career) by internships."

Byrd has yet to take a trip to Iowa, but they are not the only ones. With a strong track season in the spring and focus on his high school team this summer, there hasn't been time for travels.

"I actually just left the Maryland camp. It went pretty good. It was for the whole team, so it wasn't really anything individually," said Byrd. "It's pretty much the only school I have checked out so far. I'm going to go to Texas and visit Baylor. I will be down there for a camp. After that, I don't know. It probably won't be until officials start."

So where does Iowa stand with the 2011 nationally ranked No. 19 receiver?

"They have had some major success with New Jersey players over the years, that is a plus. "I like everything I have heard when I talk with them," said the wide receiver. "They are definitely about family and it's something I really like. I want that family atmosphere and to be able to relate the coaches. Iowa will be a place I want to take an official visit to in the fall."

As a junior, Damiere Byrd caught 38 passes for 605 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball 78 times for 685 yards and eight more scores, adding two punt return touchdowns as well. Byrd was named first-team All-Conference and Group III and second-team All South-Jersey.

Byrd was the state champion in the 55-meter for New Jersey as a junior with a time of 6.39 sec. He may also run track in college. "Most schools are saying I can do both and I'd like to try it," he told in a previous article. He runs the 100m (10.5), the 200m (21.7) and the 400m (47.88).

Byrd plans to major in sports medicine. He has a GPA near 3.3.

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