While most people are focused on closing out the 2015 class tomorrow, the Hurricanes landed a huge commitment in the 2016 class today.
Naples High standout Tyler Byrd first committed to Florida last spring but that didn't stop Miami from actively recruiting him. He took a visit here last summer, again during the season for a game, and was at Miami's Junior Day event a couple weekends ago. Today, he flipped his commitment.
"I love the Gators and thank all of Gator Nation for your support but I will be futher(ing) my education at The U," Byrd announced Tuesday afternoon.
At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Byrd brings a tremendous amount of athleticism to the table. Here were his testing numbers at a Nike event from last spring:
39-inch vertical jump
38-foot power toss
Also one of the area's top track stars (long jump is his specialty), Byrd does a little bit of everything for a Naples program that's been one of the state's best for a long time.
He finished his junior season with 10 catches for 228 yards and three touchdowns. While playing safety, he collected 46 tackles and two interceptions. He also returns kicks so he rarely leaves the field for one of the state's elite programs.
Miami already has a strong 2016 class and Byrd is as talented as anyone already in it. He'll be among the state's premier safety prospects next year and it'll be huge if the Canes are able to keep him committed for the next 12 months.