Byrd Will Announce His Intentions on Friday

As one of many recruits at Big Blue Madness, Russell Byrd got a chance to get the red carpet treatment while on the UK campus. With a decision forthcoming, KSR spoke with Kelly Byrd, Russell's father, about his recruitment.

One of the many unofficial visitors on campus for Kentucky's Big Blue Madness was 2010 wing, Russell Byrd. Byrd and his family enjoyed the festivities. "We had a fantastic time. It was really a great visit. Russell enjoyed it," said Kelly Byrd. "He enjoyed spending time with the staff and the players. Madness was really impressive."

"We got to go on tour of Windsor Farms. My wife's a big horse fan. We got a chance to see some horses and meet some great people," said Byrd. "We spent all day out there, just thoroughly enjoying ourselves. Then later they had the unveiling of the new jerseys there," Byrd said.

Russell also participated in the open gym pickup games with the recruits and current players on Saturday morning, prior to the South Carolina game. "He loved (playing in the open gym). We got to meet more of the recruits. They played for an hour and a half or so. He played well. They had the video of the open gym to show up on Youtube," said Byrd. "He did great and he had a good time."

Byrd has visited Kentucky four times since June and has developed a good relationship with the Kentucky players and staff. "He loves (Gillispie). Russell really enjoys the staff as a whole. He's come away feeling like coach Gillispie's a phenomenal coach. He's a great recruiter. Our family feels like we've built a great relationship with him and Jeremy (Cox)."

Even though the relationship with coach Gillispie is strong, Kentucky has competition in Michigan State and Tom Izzo. Byrd visited East Lansing for their Midnight Madness this past weekend. "It was very positive. Some of the very same things," said Byrd. "He's enjoyed getting to know coach Izzo. He feels very comfortable when he came away from Michigan State this weekend. He called all three coaches to let them know he's going to make his choice in Friday," said Byrd.

Byrd's final three choices are Kentucky, Michigan State and Michigan.

"He kind of got to the point where he believed he had spent enough time with each staff. He has gotten to know the programs. He wanted to take time and think things through and pray about it; talk with me and his mom about it," said Byrd. "It's a little stressful, but it's also fun. He's going to make his decision on Friday after school," said Byrd.

Byrd's a four star prospect and the number 21 shooting guard in the nation according to

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