Name: Justin Byers
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
High School: Vance High School
Notes: The North Carolina squad boasted several playmakers in their all-star contest against South Carolina last weekend. Among them was NC State commitment Justin Byers from Vance High School in Charlotte, NC. The 6-1, 185 pound safety came up with a big interception against a quarterback generally considered to be one of the nation's best. Byers talked with Pack Pride about that play and how it felt to shut down South Carolina's all-american QB.
"It felt great to get that interception," said Byers. "They stressed all week how good Willy Korn was so we practiced all week on shutting down the pass and how we were going to play our game and let everything come to us. Basically that's what we did, just changing up the defensive coverages and keeping him guessing on where we were going to be at. I guess the coaches did a good job of preparing us and we worked hard in practice."
Scouting Report: "Justin Byers is a confident cornerback who loves to play close to the line in bump coverage. His experience at playing quarterback this year has helped him quite a bit because he is doing a good job of jumping routes in zone coverage. Not seeing much of a burst or makeup speed yet, but that could be due to a prexisting leg injury dating back to last year. Listed at 6-0, very close to that and may be able to rotate over to free safety in college if needed." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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Charlotte (NC) Vance Defensive Back Justin Byers