Pack Offers Byers

Justin Byers knew it was coming, and on Monday he received his first scholarship offer from the NC State Wolfpack.

"NC State mailed me an offer yesterday," Justin Byers told Pack Pride. "I went up for their junior day and they told me I was getting offered so I expected it.

"I had been up there for a couple of football games, so I had seen the facilities before. I got to see everything more in-depth at Junior Day, and I liked it."

Byers is happy to receive his first scholarship offer, and he is very familiar with the Wolfpack.

"I had already liked NC State for a while, so it's even better for them that they were the first to offer," he said. "I like the coaches a lot. I got to work with coach Williams, the defensive backs coach, last year at the four-day camp, and I had fun. I like the coaches up there. They are just easy to get along with."

Several top-notch regional programs remain in the mix for Byers, as he is hearing from North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and South Carolina among others. Three other schools stand out with the Wolfpack.

"I also like [North] Carolina, Clemson, and Virginia," he said. "Virginia, I like coach Groh, well both of them. They are the type of coaches to sit down and have a relationship with you. I went up there for Junior Day and had a great time. I got to hang out with some of the players and Rico [Bell] will be up there.

"At Carolina, I like coach Sanders, the defensive backs coach. He's not going to hold anything back. He will tell you what you've done good or bad. They told me at Junior Day that they want to watch me at their one-day camp before deciding to offer or not.

"Clemson has always been one of my favorites. I like how warm it is down there. The campus seems to be easy to get around, and I like the atmosphere."

Byers admits that he is in no hurry to make a decision, and will likely decide either during or after his senior season.

"I'm not going to rush into choosing a school," he said. "I want to go to some camps this summer, and I will probably be ready to decide during my senior year."

Last season all eyes were focused on Vance safety Rico Bell. The talented defensive back ultimately signed with Virginia but it's a safe bet college recruiters will be heading to Charlotte yet again in 2006 to check out former teammate, Justin Byers.

Byers likely projects as a cornerback on the next level and impressed as a junior. He had a phenomenal showing against Concord-Robinson last year, scoring touchdowns on a 36-yard pass reception, 78-yard punt return and 95-yard fumble recovery. On the year, Byers tallied 70 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns. He also added four catches for 139 yards and two additional scores.

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