After making trips across the South and up the East Coast, LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper turned his focus back to the home state for the final weeks of spring evaluations.
One stop came in Greensburg, where he visited St. Helena Central’s coaching staff to discuss Ryan Byrd, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound two-way talent.
The discussions turned to the defensive side of the ball as the Tigers picture Byrd coming on as a cornerback or safety.
“They want to get me into camp and work me out at both spots, and probably then see me at receiver too,” Byrd said. “At this point only a few schools are recruiting me as a receiver, so I would be willing to play on either side of the ball. Just having an offer from LSU would be big for me.”
While the Tigers weren’t actively recruiting Byrd prior to this month, the recent interest has the rising senior excited about the possibilities that the coming weekends hold.
On June 5th Byrd will work out for the staff at the first of two Les Miles Football Camps.
This Saturday he will get a chance to meet with Cooper and the other coaches at the team’s weekend picnic, which will serve as a family get together for both committed and uncommitted prospects from the 2011 class.
“I’m definitely excited about getting the chance to meet everyone on the staff and just let them know I am pretty interested in LSU,” Byrd said. “Getting to see the committed guys is something I’m also ready for. The chance to be in a class with Anthony Johnson and players like that would be pretty cool.”
While the Tigers haven’t pulled the trigger yet, a pair of SEC programs, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, have.
With offers also in from the likes of Tulsa, Kansas State, Kansas and Memphis, and interest coming from Nebraska and Arkansas, Byrd has no complaints about where his process stands.
“I didn’t figure I would get all of this attention, so I consider every offer to be a great one,” he said. “Once I camp at some places this summer I should have a good feeling about what schools I will be looking at in the fall.”
If an LSU scholarship offer came before then, Byrd said he likely wouldn’t drag his process further.
“I’m not sure if I would commit right on the spot, but I would go home and talk with my family about the opportunity and probably make a decision,” he said. “I know my mom would rather me be home, anyway.”