Byers: 'It's A Pretty Place'

Charlotte (NC) Vance standout Justin Byers discusses his recruitment with Pack Pride.

Justin Byers was one of the top cornerbacks at last weekend's Combine in Durham, North Carolina. He checked in at 6-foot and 173 pounds and impressed during one-on-one drills. He enjoyed the experience of competing against some of the region's top players.

"I like being out here against other players," Byers said. "I get to see how fast I am and how I compare to the other players on the field.

"I didn't run a good 40, my hip starting getting tight on me, but I thought everything else was good."

Byers is already considered a top-25 player in the state of North Carolina, and is drawing major recruiting interest. Florida, Virginia, Clemson, South Carolina, UNC, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee are all in the picture, and one local program has already extended a scholarship offer.

"Recruiting is going good," Byers said. "I've got a lot of interest in different schools. I'm just trying to take some unofficials and see where I fit in.

"I've got an offer from NC State. I like NC State. I went to their camp last summer. It's a pretty place. I'm probably going back to their spring game to see what all is around.

"I think the other schools should offer me too. Most of them want to see me in person and get me in camp. They want to see my hips and get to work with me."

Byers didn't name a firm leader, but mentioned that NC State is in great shape because they have offered and was the first to offer a scholarship.

"I'm really going to think about that they offered me first," he said. "It should matter that they were the first to offer. I'm going to think about that."

A decision could come at anytime from Byers, as he doesn't have a set timetable.

"Whenever I feel that the time is right, that's probably when I will commit. I don't have any set time."

Byers likely projects as a cornerback on the next level and was terrific 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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