“I’ve been doing a pretty good bit [of recruiting], actually,” the 6-foot-2, 238-pound, Kathleen (Ga.) Veterans product said. “Tyler Pritchett, who committed not too long ago, and I are getting in on some big-time recruits. We’re finding out who to follow on Twitter and who to get in touch with. It’s been good so far. I’ve talked to a couple of tight ends and linemen.”
With Garrett Walston looking to make a decision between Georgia, UNC, and NC State in the near future, the Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover tight end has Byrd’s full attention at the moment.
“Basically what I tell [recruits] is I’m going to get them the ball, I think we can win championships together, we’re going to win a lot of games, and break a lot of records,” Byrd said.
It was a little over a month ago that Byrd himself was mulling his own collegiate decision.
“It just felt right,” Byrd said. “I just talked to Coach Heck’ [Keith Heckendorf] and just told him that I wanted to be a Tar Heel and they were all excited – and I was, too. I just felt comfortable there – the coaches are great, the offense that they run is quarterback-friendly, [and] I think I can do big things there.”
Byrd pledged to UNC nearly a month to the day that he ended his Virginia Tech verbal commitment. He was committed to the Hokies for approximately six months.
“I really don’t want to go into too much detail,” Byrd said. “There were some more opportunities that came up that weren’t there before. And Coach Heck had still been recruiting me even though I was still committed and that spoke volumes to me that he didn’t give up on me. That helped me sway their way.”
During his short free agency, Byrd visited several schools, including Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, and UNC. But when Brandon Peters verbally committed to Michigan, Byrd saw how the QB dominoes began falling, thereby potentially snatching up opportunities.
“I knew that I was going to have to make a decision pretty soon,” Byrd said. “It was pretty much between Arkansas and North Carolina. I visited both. I visited North Carolina first and then at the end of the spring – spring break for me – I went to Arkansas. And I took a couple of days to think about it and I just thought UNC was the best place for me.”
Despite his history, Byrd is adamant that he has found his collegiate home.
“I’m a Tar Heel,” Byrd said. “[The UNC coaches] don’t have to worry.”
That means Byrd won’t visit any schools outside of Chapel Hill.
Byrd is scheduled to return to UNC in June for Fedora’s Freak Show. Prior to that, he hopes to make an overnight stay at the school, but doesn’t have anything set in stone.
“I’d like to get back on campus to hang out and just visit some more,” Byrd said.