LaRon Byrd talks recruiting

Louisiana is well-stocked at the wide receiver position for 2008 and one of the state's best is Hahnville's LaRon Byrd.

Byrd, a 6-4, 200-pounder with 4.4 speed, went both ways for Hahnville at wide out and safety but with his size and speed most project him to land a spot on the offensive side of the ball.

As a junior, he pulled in 30 passes for 447 yards and eight touchdowns but with his senior year up on the horizon he plans to put up bigger and better numbers.


"This is my year where I have to be a leader and I have to come ready to play every game and every down," Byrd said. "I plan on being more of a threat on offense and showing everyone what I can really do."


Ole Miss was the first school to offer Byrd a scholarship and although he claims verbals offers from Minnesota, Louisville, West Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Louisville and Georgia, the ones that have put their tenders on paper are Ole Miss, West Virginia and now Alabama.


"I've had a lot of coaches say they were offering or were going to offer but Ole Miss, West Virginia and Alabama are the ones that have come through," he said.


LSU is the hometown school and one of the many schools recruiting Byrd but the Tigers have yet to offer. He said that he calls running backs coach Larry Porter on a regular basis and he knows that they are high on his skills.


"Coach Porter tells me how much they like me but they are really limited by numbers so they are evaluating all of the guys they are recruiting very closely," Byrd said. "They pan to come by during the spring and they want me to go to camp."


How does that sit with the big playmaker?


"My whole family is LSU through and through and so am I," Byrd said. "I hope I have the opportunity to play there but if not then I'll play somewhere else that is big-time like them (LSU)."


As for the schools that have come through with direct offers at this point, Byrd chimed in on what he likes about the Rebels, Crimson Tide and Mountaineers.


Ole Miss— "I like the coaching staff and the energy they have. I know a couple of players on the team too so that is good."


Alabama "Nick Saban was at LSU and now he is over there. I remember him from his days at LSU and he says he needs big receivers like me that make an early impact."


West Virginia "They have signed some guys from my school and they are always good. I watched them on TV some and it seems like a cool place."


Stay tuned to for more on LaRon Byrd as we will see him in person on April 21st when he heads down to New Orleans for the Combine.


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