Always a necessity in the SEC, Kentucky is looking to add more speed to their roster. Joseph Byrd (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) can bring that speed to either side of the ball for Kentucky. "It's split pretty much in half," said Byrd of what position schools are recruiting him for. "Running back and cornerback. Kentucky is looking at me at corner. But they said if I want to try running back, I can," he continued.
Byrd runs the 40 in 4.37 seconds. Also a competitor in track, Byrd's best times are 10.4 seconds in the 100 meter and 21.4 seconds in the 200 meter event.
Byrd has scholarship offers from several schools, including SEC programs Kentucky and Arkansas. "Right now it's Arkansas and Kentucky," said Byrd. "When I go up to Kentucky, the I think I'm going to commit," he said about his visit this weekend. "I like that they are in the SEC. They have great football and track programs. I'm glad they have both because that's important," Byrd finished.
Byrd has struggled with injuries the last couple of seasons, but when he's been on the field he's been very productive. "I played pretty good this season. I had over 1000 yards overall, but I only played in six games," said Byrd.
Obviously as a track athlete, one of Byrd's major assets is his speed. "I'm fast and I have good awareness of what's going on around me," said Byrd. "I want to work on my footwork and my hips, though," he finished.
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