Change of plans for commit Josh Byrom?

U of L commit Josh Byrom made his official visit to Louisville last weekend and the offensive lineman spoke with about his future as a Cardinal and when it would officially begin.

In June of 2004, the University of Louisville became the first program to extend a scholarship offer to Montour (PA) High School prospect Josh Byrom. Just over three months later, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound athlete accepted the offer and verbally committed to play for the Cardinals.

Since his commitment, Byrom has made the trip to the Derby City a few times, including being present for the Cardinals season opening win against Kentucky. Last weekend he joined the group of prospects in town for his official visit.

"My visit was fantastic," said Byrom who was hosted by Breno Giacomini. "I've been there a few times before, but I was never really able to experience like I did this time. I really liked hanging out with the players and felt real comfortable with them. I was able to ask them questions about the team and coaches and none of them had anything negative to say."

While his experience at U of L during his official visit increased his excitement about suiting up for the Cardinal football program, Byrom informed that he, along with the coaching staff, has decided to postpone the start of his collegiate career a few months.

"I'm going to greyshirt," Byrom said on Monday.

Part of the reasoning behind his choice in greyshirting, which means that he won't officially join the U of L program or be on scholarship until January of 2006, was due to an injury to his ACL that went undiscovered until after his senior season.

"I actually injured my ACL early in the season but didn't know it, so I finished the season," explained Byrom. "I also played some basketball like that before we found out what the pain was."

Despite spending so much time playing on his injured ACL, Byrom's healing process is moving along rapidly.

"I had the surgery about four weeks ago and it's healing pretty fast," continued Byrom. "They said that I would be 100% in about six months."

The other factor playing a role in his decision to greyshirt was his desire to be stronger for his transition from a high school tight end to the offensive line.

"I'm going to take this time to completely heal and get big," said Byrom, who has been projected as an offensive tackle by the U of L coaches. "I think this is the best thing for me. I'll keep working out and getting stronger. It's a little disappointing knowing that I won't be apart of the team next year, but I'm looking forward to the future."

Byrom also told ITV that he is planning on being back in Louisville for the Cardinals April 22nd spring game and that he is also considering whether to attend college at U of L or staying home and enrolling at a local community college during his greyshirt period.

"I'm not sure if I'll come down there for school yet or not," continued Byrom. "I might just stay here, because if I go down there I will have to pay out of state tuition."

So, Louisville fans will have to wait until spring practice of 2006 to catch Byrom wearing the Red and Black, but he knows that it will benefit both he and U of L in the long run.

"I will be ready to go when I do get there. This is a good decision."

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