Heels Making Hard Push for Byers

As is seemingly the trend for the 2007 recruiting class, no one is recruiting its top targets harder than the North Carolina coaching staff. Such is the case with Justin Byers

"[North] Carolina recruits me the hardest," said Byers, of Charlotte (N.C.) Vance. "I get mail from them on a daily basis – hand written and the regular generic mail. [Coach Dave Brock and I] text message, a lot."

While his interaction with his recruiting coordinator, Brock, is not limited to just football, many of the conversations have talked about getting Byers back on campus especially for the Tar Heels' summer camp.

"They really want me to come up there to their camp so that they can see me and so that I can interact with Coach [Marvin] Sanders," said Byers. "And then, they want me to see the campus a little bit more. I wasn't able to see the campus in detail during their junior day."

In addition to North Carolina, Byers is expected to camp at Georgia and Virginia Tech. He is also considering camps at Clemson and Florida if his schedule and travel arrangements work out.

While Byers, whose lone scholarship offer is still from N.C. State, denies a true leader, he includes the Tar Heels among his favorites along with the Wolfpack, Georgia, Clemson, and Virginia Tech.

"I like North Carolina," said Byers. "They're getting some pretty good players and they get most of the North Carolina kids every year – they must be doing something right up there to get all these kids to come in. I just like the way they recruit, they come at me hard."

While there has been some talk of a possible package deal with his fellow Queen City natives and close friends Ryan Houston and Daryl Vereen, Byers says that might not be the case.

"We have talked plenty of times about schools and going to the same school, but I don't think it will really have an effect on me [where my friends choose]," said Byers. "I know there's probably not much of a chance of all three of us going to the same school or even just two of us going to the same school, because every school has something different to offer each of us."

As a junior at Vance, Byers shared a secondary with Virginia signee Rico Bell, but was still able to total 75 tackles, and three interceptions. On offense the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder caught four passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and added two more scores on punt returns.

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