Justin Byers from Vance High School in Charlotte, NC was one of several early commitments for NC State in 2006. After pulling the trigger for the Pack last July, Byers went on to have a successful senior season, culminating in an invitation to the Shrine Bowl a month ago. The two-star prospect according to Scout.com was in Raleigh this weekend for his official visit and Pack Pride caught up with Byers for the latest.
"The trip was great," said Byers. "Deandre Morgan was my host but I got to hang out with several players. That visit was showed why NC State was where I need to be. If any uncommitted player went on a visit there they couldn't help but want to commit. There was a junior college transfer (Antoine Holmes) that was there and he doesn't know where he wants to go yet but with the hospitality State was showing, he wanted to commit. I told him to take his visits but it won't get any better than NC State. Actually, me and Jay Smith spent most of the weekend recruiting for State. I know Matt Simms and his brother (Chris) really liked NC State but I'm not sure what they're going to do."
Byers added that he couldn't help but notice a change in the attitude of the players at NC State while on his visit.
"I was so impressed with the new staff," said Byers. "You can just see the dedication of the team, it's like a newfound team. I remember going there when coach Amato was coaching and the players liked it but with that new strength and conditioning coach, the players told me they don't mind getting up early because they want to get better. Everyone has the same mind-set that they want to win championships."
At 6-0, 175 pounds, Byers ran blistering consecutive 40-yard dashes of 4.47 and 4.48-seconds at a Shrine Bowl combine last year. While on his official visit he found out he'll start out at safety for NC State.
Byers was recently rated as the No. 47 player in North Carolina by Scout.com.
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