"I just love the game." said Arkeem Byrd when asked what makes him a great player. "I prepare myself before each game by breaking down film. I just have a love and passion for the game. I'm also pretty hard to take down when I'm running the ball."
Indeed, watching Bird's highlight film, you can see him running through, around and over opponents.
Last season he ran for 900 yards on 99 carries for 17 touchdowns. This was despite missing three games due to an injury. He also caught 14 passes for four scores. After the season Byrd earned All-City and All-Region honors for his exploits.
Byrd has established himself as a playmaker. Byrd described one of the many games in which he helped lead his team to victory during the 2014 season.
"We were trailing Johnson High School by two touchdowns right before the half and we thought we were going to lose. I broke one for 40 yards just before the half and we went on to win the game 28-12.
Byrd, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, has caught the attention of college coaches. He's got offers from Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Chattanooga, Georgia State, Kansas, Marshall, Mercer, Middle Tennessee, Samford, Troy and Navy.
Navy is a school that intrigues the 4.4 forty speedster. When asked what he liked about the Naval Academy he spoke about life preparation.
"It's somewhere that can turn me into a man and help me to succeed after football is over with. It's somewhere that I can prepare myself for life."
Indeed, Byrd just started learning about Navy. He first heard from the Mid staff a little over a week ago.
"They came down to my school last weekend and coach Davis told me they was going to offer me," said Byrd. "Two days later he called me and told me they were offering me."
Byrd wants to learn more about Navy before making a decision on whether he will visit Annapolis or not. He plans to sit down with his parents next week and make a decision on which schools he will visit or camp at.
Several schools have been recruiting Byrd longer than Navy. Central Michigan was Byrd's first offer and he says he hears from them virtually every day. Byrd said if he had to choose a top 3 it would be the Chippewas, Kansas and Marshall. However, he says he wants to do more camps and visits to find out more about all the schools he's considering.
Byrd says he already plans to camp at plans to camp at Georgia, South Carolina and Wake Forest. He also plans to camp at the the combo Penn State-Georgia State camp which will take place on the GSU campus.
Two schools Bryd would really like to earn offers from are Georgia and Georgia Tech.
"No doubt, Georgia is an in-state school," said Byrd. "Georgia Tech would be a great school too."
Byrd is a solid 'B' student who is not sure when he will announce his choice of schools.
Where will Arkeem Byrd play his college ball? Stay tuned to GoMids.com to find out the answer.