LaRon Byrd has a favorite

The River Parishes in South Louisiana are a recruiting hotbed for college coaches and when they venture down into the Bayou State for 2008 they will find one of the country's top athletes in Hahnville's LaRon Byrd.

At 6-3, 210 pounds and with 4.4 speed, Byrd has a physical presence that college coaches love. He presents serious problems for the opposition whether he is using his skills to pull in passes on the offensive side of the ball or to pick them off in the secondary.


As a junior, the Hahnville product pulled in 30 catches for 500 yards and eight touchdowns which put him on the radar of all of the big boys in college football.


Currently, the talented wide out claims offers from Minnesota, Louisville, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas, Louisville and Georgia.


Noticeably missing from that list is the hometown team but even though LSU hasn't offered Byrd yet, he still has them at the top of his list.


"My whole family is full of Tiger fans," Byrd told Tiger Rag. "I grew up playing with LaRon Landry in the neighborhood. I hope I can make LSU my home and make everyone proud."


One thing that people may not realize with Byrd is that he has more than just size as yesterday he said he clocked in at 4.37 in the 40 yard-dash.


He models his game after former LSU wide out Dwayne Bowe and there may be more than just a couple of similarities in the two.


"I come out with a lot of heart and determination," said Byrd. "I have a lot of passion and my will to win is second to none. On the field, I feel like I can't be stopped. My height, vertical and speed give me a huge advantage over a defender. I don't think a corner can compete with me for the ball. I look at Bowe and I think we have the same type of size and play-making ability. I know I have a lot of work to do to be that good but I think I have the tools to get there."


Byrd said he grew up a g Tiger fan and the things that stand out in his mind are what one typically hears about the program and school.


"Overall I just like the whole football program," said Byrd. "The facilities are great; the academics are great. I love the fans and the excitement they bring."


After the departure of former LSU receivers coach Todd Monken, most of his contact has been with running backs coach Larry Porter. Although he said he hasn't talked to him in a while, he did say that Porter was a cool guy.


"He was very cool and he really persuaded me about LSU," said Byrd. "Talking to him was great and he just seemed like a really cool guy."


Note** Byrd has a 3.0 GPA and will be taking the ACT on April 14. He said he plans on attending this year's spring game and that the only reason he missed junior day was because he was participating in the state playoffs in basketball.


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