UNC offers C.J. Byrd

The University of North Carolina offered a scholarship on Wednesday to wide receiver/free safety C.J. Byrd from North Augusta (S.C.). It marked the 16th offer for Byrd, and came less than 24 hours after he was offered by both Penn State and Florida.

"Again, no one is more surprised by all of this than me," Byrd said. "Everybody always told me this was coming, but I never expected it. I am surprised with every offer, every time."

The 6-foot-3, 184-pounder also has offers from Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Virginia, among others.

"North Carolina might be the No. 1 basketball school in the country, but they also might have had the best defensive player to ever play football in Lawrence Taylor," Byrd said. "The thing that really sticks out to me about North Carolina is academics. Everyone is always talking about how hard it is to get accepted there as an out-of-state student."

The Tar Heels said Byrd could play either wideout or free safety -- it was his decision. Byrd said, given a preference, he would like to play wide receiver in college. On further thought, he would likes both sides of the ball.

"As long as it would help the team I play for and not hurt it, I would like to try both sides of the ball," Byrd said. "I like wide receiver the best, but I wouldn't mind playing some nickel back in passing situations. Again, I would only do it if it would help the team, otherwise I would just focus on one position."

For stats and a full scouting report, check out IC's C.J. Byrd profile.

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