Byers Learns His Position

Justin Byers graduated from Vance High School this week, and he will spend the next week on vacation before starting to focus on enrolling at NC State.

Justin Byers graduated from Vance High School this week, and he will spend the next week on vacation before starting to focus on enrolling at NC State.

"I graduated [Tuesday] and now I'm about to have some fun," Byers told Pack Pride. "[Thursday] I'm leaving out for a cruise to the Bahamas, and I get back from there on Monday. I'm heading straight to Myrtle Beach, and I'll be there until next Friday. I'm just trying to get my fun in before I head to State and get to work."

Byers will enroll at NC State on June 30th for the second summer session. He was last in Raleigh in April when he attended the Wolfpack's annual Red/White Game.

"It was fun," said Byers. "I got to watch the defensive backs and spend time with coach Reed. I like him. He seems like a cool coach. He was just showing me a couple of drills that I will be working on. I just think in my mind it's going to do nothing but make me better to work with him.

"He came from the NFL, and I think that is an advantage. He knows what it's going to take to make it to the next level. I'm comfortable having him as my coach."

The talented prospect also had a chance to spend some time with Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien.

"I like him," said Byers. "He's a man of few words, but when he talks you know he is saying something important."

Byers played cornerback and safety for Vance, and he had a strong week at the 2006 Shrine Bowl where he played free safety for North Carolina.

"It took me a couple of days to get adjusted, but I thought I played good," said Byers. "Our practices at school weren't as intense as that. At first I wasn't thinking about it, but after I looked at it everybody down there was good and I had to show what I could do."

At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds with 4.47 speed in the 40-yard dash, Byers could project as a safety or cornerback. Where will he play for the Wolfpack?

"They said they are going to start me out at safety," he stated. "It's good for me. I think that will be better for me because the college game speed is so much faster, and I will be back on that hash where I can see things develop.

"I'm confident in my speed and my ability, but being a true freshman with no college experience I'd hate to be on the edge and give up that big play where I'm on an island with no help. I'm glad they want me to be comfortable with the college game before they move me to corner."


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