Tyler Byrd committed to the Hurricanes back in February.
What to Like: Some guys are good athletes. Some guys are just really good football players. Some guys - like Byrd - are both. At 6-feet and 200 pounds, he's a well-built kid for a major college safety prospect. He's very physical. He brings the noise. He's what college coaches call a striker. He's an explosive tackler who makes an impact when he hits people on the other side of the ball. He's also extremely athletic. He runs really well. He's very quick and has the ability to change directions quickly. He has all the things you look for from an athletic standpoint. On the field, he's a baller for one of the top prep programs in southwest Florida (Naples High). He's well coached and plays with good technique. You always like players who make a lot of plays on both sides of the ball. Byrd does that (as a running back and as a receiver). Those kids tend to have the best instincts at the safety position, if that's where he ends up.
What may concern you: Not a whole lot. Does he has enough foot speed and loose enough hips to play cornerback at a high level? Maybe. Is he instinctive enough to be a difference maker at safety? Maybe. Some people think he'll play corner, others think he'll play safety. He will need to find one and really settle in.
Bottom Line: Byrd is the real deal, regardless of what position he ends up playing. Like Dallas Crawford (a prep QB), good football players tend to find a way to make an impact no matter what position they're playing. Byrd will likely be a guy like that. A one-time Florida commitment, he flipped to the Canes back in February and has been committed ever since. Florida, Georgia, USC, and Tennessee were some of his other offers so he was being recruited like a 4-star prospect. The Canes currently have three other safeties committed and two cornerbacks committed. And Richards could end up on defense. Byrd has as much upside as any of them.