UNC Exceeds Byers' Expectations

In an attempt to examine an in-state school that has been recruiting him pretty hard, Justin Byers took a trip up to Chapel Hill Saturday for North Carolina's Junior Day.

"It went well," said Byers. "I've never been up to Carolina, so I wanted to see what it was all about.

"It was more than what I expected. I mean I got to see Chapel Hill – it's a great college campus. I like the Carolina facilities, stadium, and locker room, and I enjoyed talking to the coaches."

Byers, a 6-foot-1 185-pound cornerback from Charlotte (N.C.) Vance, toured the facilities, watched the Tar Heels' spring practice, and hung out with the players. He also was informed of the status of a possible UNC scholarship offer during conversations with his recruiting coordinator, Dave Brock, and position coach, Marvin Sanders.

"They said they wanted Coach Sanders to put his hands on me and tell me what he wanted me to do so they could see if I could be a coachable player," said Byers. "They said I'd probably be offered after their one-day camp over the summer."

In addition to North Carolina, Byers will camp at Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Clemson.

While most schools plan to evaluate Byers more before extending an offer, N.C. State put his first tender on the table Monday.

Byers plans to keep his recruitment open until he receives more offers, but definitely sees North Carolina as an up-and-coming program with the recruits they are bringing in.

"They know what they're doing up there," said Byers. "They have the recruiting to get a national championship at Carolina. I was really impressed with Carolina."

As a junior, Byers shared a secondary with Virginia signee Rico Bell, but was still able to total 75 tackles, and three interceptions. On offense he caught four passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and added two more scores on punt returns.

Byers, who has also attended junior days at N.C. State, Wake Forest, and Virginia, will head to Tennessee this weekend.

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