The last couple of days have been a whirlwind for Greensburg (La.) St. Helena product Ryan Byrd.
On Friday, Byrd picked up his first scholarship offer as Ole Miss extended an overture.
Then, the standout receiver/safety made the short one-hour drive over to Baton Rouge on Saturday to take in LSU’s Junior Day.
“Most kids don’t have the opportunity I’ve had the last two days,” stated Byrd. “It’s been exciting these last two days to say the least.”
Byrd starts at receiver and safety for St. Helena which gives college coaches options for putting his talent on display.
Ole Miss offered the 6-2, 175-pounder as an athlete and although he left Baton Rouge without an offer from the Tigers he got a good feel for what the coaches are thinking in terms of utilizing his skill set.
“I think it’s mostly on defense but Coach Gonzales wants me on offense,” said Byrd. “Coach (Ron) Cooper was asking me about the offer I got from Ole Miss and asked me which side of the ball I’d like to play on. I told him offense but I told him I just want to play. He said he thought I could play on both and they want me to come to camp so they can figure out what I am.”
Along with spending some time with LSU receivers coach Billy Gonzales in their group setting, Byrd also got a good taste of LSU, courtesy of all of the activities that the LSU staff had planned for junior day.
“After registration we toured the locker rooms then went and met with the coaches in the film room,” Byrd said. “After that we toured the weight room and the academic center then went over to the stadium and ate.
“Once we ate we went and talked to some of the recruits and then just kind of hung out after that”.
Next up for Byrd is another junior day then he will have to figure out what he’s going to do the last weekend in March when two of his top suitors have events on the same day.
“I’m going to Nicholls State Junior Day next week and then I’ll have to think about if I’m going to go to the Ole Miss Junior Day (March 27) or LSU’s spring game,” said Byrd. “Right now, I’m just focusing on getting better in the weight room and working on school.”