OL Trying to Schedule UM Visit

At 6-foot-4 and 276 pounds, Loveland, Colo. standout offensive lineman Jeff Byers was recently named the No. 1 overall prospect in the entire country by the recruiting staff at TheInsiders.com.

"That's quite an honor," Byers said. "It's a team game though and I owe a lot of it to my teammates. It's not just me busting my butt this summer getting ready to win a state championship this year."

Byers, who is a full academic qualifier, spends four days a week with his teammates running and lifting. He's been to camps at Nebraska and Wyoming so far this summer but a big chunk of his summer vacation has been spent traveling around the country taking unofficial visits.

"I've been all over the nation the last few months," he said. "I started by taking trips to Oklahoma and Texas way back in May and then I went to Nebraska, Colorado, Colorado State, Southern Cal, UCLA, Stanford, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State."

Byers said there's a reason for all his trips.

"I want to consider every school that has offered me a scholarship," he said. "I feel like if a school has an interest in me, I should show interest in them. Until I see all these schools up close, I won't really know what to look for when narrowing down my list when I have to pick five schools to visit officially this season."

Byers said there's at least one more trip he's trying to fit into his schedule later this summer.

"Both Miami and Florida have offered me a scholarship," he said. "I'm considering both of them and I'm really trying to get to those places because those are two more programs I want to see."

The standout lineman talked more about his interest in the Hurricanes.

"They have a great program," he said. "Their success speaks for itself. Basically, I want to get to know the school and the coaches a little better. They're definitely one of the schools I'm considering right now."

Byers, who was a running back in his earlier playing days, also competes in track (shot-53 and discus-159) and basketball.

"Playing basketball has really helped me develop good feet," he said. "Footwork is a vital part of the game, especially for an offensive lineman and I work real hard on that area of my game."

Byers, who said he will likely play center in college, is still very much open in recruiting right now.

"Some days I wake up and think how I'd like to go on without having to worry about it," he said. "But it's been a blessing and it only happens once. I'll try to see as many schools as I can and then go from there."

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