UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: QB Logan Byrd

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Enrolled at UNC in January • Three-year starter who threw for 3,902 yards with 27 touchdowns at Veterans • Rushed for 930 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior, including a 99-yard run against West Laurens and 81-yarder against Howard • Rushed for nearly 1,800 yards in his career • Helped lead his high school to the playoffs in three of his four varsity seasons

LEAD UNC RECRUITER: Keith Heckendorf

RECRUITMENT: After collecting offers from Duke, UNC, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, Byrd committed to the Hokies in September ’14. His presence on Virginia Tech’s commitment list lasted six months. When his recruitment reopened, UNC – along with Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, and Michigan – was among the schools he considered. A month later, he pledged to the Tar Heels.

WHY CAROLINA: “I committed to North Carolina for a lot of reasons. Definitely the coaches was a big thing … also getting to know the players, I really felt comfortable around them. And the style of offense that North Carolina runs is very quarterback friendly. It just felt right. I think I can do big things there. … Coach Heck(endorf) recruited me even though I was still committed (to Virginia Tech) and that spoke volumes to me that he didn’t give up on me. That helped sway me their way.”

EVALUATION: Despite his stocky 6-foot-2, 240-pound frame, Byrd is a dual threat quarterback who developed within a spread offensive system that asked its QB to use the full field, sideline to sideline. He has a live arm with a quick release, but his passes are very catchable. That skill set doesn’t diminish when Byrd is on the run – in fact, he has displayed quite the knack for passing while rolling out of the pocket. Although he’s more of a power runner, he has sneaky elusiveness and speed (electric-timed 4.89-second 40-yard dash).

HS COACH QUOTES: “He’s a great kid. He’s a smart kid. He understands the game of football. He’s a very hard worker – he has a very good work ethic. He’s going to be the kind of kid that’s going to do what needs to be done to make whatever system you run effective. He’s selfless. He’s a team player. He’s going to be a good teammate, he’s going to work hard, [and] he’s the kind of guy you want on your team. He’s kind of a pocket passer with mobility. He’s really more of a pocket passer, but he can move – he does have that added dimension. He has the physical tools – he has the size and the arm strength and the intelligence, but he also has a little more mobility than you think he would by just looking at his size.” – David Bruce, Veterans HS

UNC QB COACH KEITH HECKENDORF: “There are a lot of things you look for in quarterbacks. It’s not just what they do on tape, it’s a lot of intangibles that you look for - the things that they do that don’t show up on film. And Logan brings a lot of that to the table. … Some of the things you like about Logan are his feet, he's very balanced in the pocket, anticipates the throw, really good accuracy, balls come out of his hand spinning really well and he puts it where he needs to in anticipation ahead of the defense.”

UNC HEAD COACH LARRY FEDORA: "He’s really a strong-arm guy. If you look out there, people are going to say he’s a pro-style quarterback, but that’s not really what he is. I think he’s rushed for right at 1,000 the last two years. He can run a lot better than people think he can run. He’s actually pretty fast because he was at camp, so he can do both. He’s very intelligent and has a presence about him. I’m excited about seeing where he’s at in the spring.”

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: A couple of weekends prior to his surprising verbal commitment, Byrd was seen browsing a Tar Heel apparel stand minutes before the start of North Carolina’s spring scrimmage… Read the full subscriber-only report


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