UNC QB Commit Logan Byrd Named All-American

Logan Byrd is scheduled to begin his Tar Heel football career in less than four months. But, before he does, he'll play in an All-American bowl.

During a ceremony at his school, North Carolina pledge Logan Byrd was presented his Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl jersey on Tuesday afternoon.

Byrd, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound quarterback from Kathleen (Ga.) Veterans, will represent the East squad in the SemperFi All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif.

“It’s definitely a blessing,” Byrd said. “I’ve got to give a big thanks to all of my coaches and players who helped me out and get me to this point. It’s a great honor.”

Byrd’s future coaches – specifically UNC quarterback coach Keith Heckendorf – was delighted with the accolade.

“They’re real proud of me,” Byrd said. “They can’t wait until I get on campus. In the meantime, they want me to keep leading my team while I’m in high school.”

As a midterm enrollee, Byrd will arrive on campus permanently on Jan. 8. He has already signed his Athletic Scholarship Agreement with UNC.

“It’s only three months away,” Byrd said. “I definitely feel a little anxious. After living in the same place for 17 years – living in the same house for 10 or 12 years – knowing that in three months I’m going to be gone and not having my family around and having all that responsibility, it’s definitely nerve-racking a little bit. But sometimes you have to come down to earth and relax and live in the moment.”

This weekend Byrd will receive yet another preview of the next four-five years of his life. With Veterans on a bye, Byrd and his family will visit UNC, including attending Saturday afternoon’s game against Delaware. It will be his second game – first this season – in Kenan Stadium.

“I definitely want to help out Saturday with recruiting,” Byrd said. “Our class is basically done – we just need to get a couple more guys on board, so I’ll definitely be helping with that with some of the other guys who are committed there and will be there as well.

“But to be honest with you, other than that. It’s just going to be a time for me and my family to get with the coaches and have a good time.”

Speaking of recruiting, Byrd has been pursuing UNC targets from afar. He spoke regularly to both Jordon Brown and Luke Elder in the weeks prior to their respective commitments. More recently, Byrd has been in contact with Nate Craig, a five-star receiver who officially visited Chapel Hill this past weekend.

Being a midterm enrollee, Byrd will also take his UNC official visit in-season. Tentatively, he’s scheduled that visit for the weekend of Nov. 14. The Tar Heels host Miami that Saturday.

“That weekend worked for our family,” Byrd said. “… It was just the way my parents’ work schedule and everybody else’s schedule – my sister and my grandma.”

When he’s not traveling to UNC or recruiting future teammates, Byrd’s focus is his current team, which has struggled against a challenging opening slate. Veterans has a 1-3 record, as Byrd has completed 21-of-54 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 297 yards and three more TDs.

“We played one of the toughest out-of-region schedules in the state of Georgia,” Byrd said.

To Byrd’s point, Veterans’s four non-region opponents combined for a 42-9 record in 2014 with a state finalist and quarterfinalist in the group.

“But I think going through that definitely prepares us for region [play],” Byrd said. “I think the young guys have gotten a lot of experience and we know what we need to do to get the job done… I think we have a chance to run the table in our region and finish out strong.”

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