Jarvis Byrd has a lot to be excited about these days. The young man is finishing up with high school life and getting ready to enroll in college and join his new football team, if everything goes as he hopes.
Pack Pride caught up with the talented cornerback from Pahokee, Florida in the Class of 2009. Right now the 5-10, 170-pound prospect is still focused on taking care of business, but he can't help but be excited about the future.
"I've been talking to coach Archer and coach Reid about five times a week," Byrd explained. "They're always keeping in contact with me. I've been talking to them a lot. I've just got to send in my final transcript so I can get up there on (June) 27.
"I'm pretty confident everything should go well. They've got me taking my final ACT on June 13 so the scores should be in before I leave. I'm gonna do better on it because I've been studying for it."
If Byrd is eligible to play in the fall the coaches believe he can be an impact player, even as a true freshman.
"Oh yeah, I'm pretty excited because the position I'm in is good," he said. "The coaches have said I have a good chance of playing right away. They want me to compete right away and try to get a spot early.
"They're looking for me to come in and be a nickel corner. They know I've got potential and everything, so I'm just gonna work my way in. They know I can cover, so they want to start me out there."
Byrd said he has been in touch with a current member of the NC State program that used to live nearby.
"I've already talked to a redshirt junior up there, DeAndre Morgan, from West Palm Florida. He's ready to see me up there. I'm gonna be living with Brandon Bishop, Rashard Smith and most likely Morgan Alexander. I don't know Morgan Alexander but I know the other two guys. I'm ready to get up there.
"With how they ended last season winning the last four or five games, we should be good. They lost the bowl game because Russell Wilson got hurt, but I think we'll make it to the ACC Championship Game."