Byrd Camping for Tar Heel Offer

Almost a month ago, Thomasville (N.C.) tight end Michael Byrd picked up his first scholarship offer from East Carolina. Now, North Carolina is among the schools poised to follow suit in the upcoming months.

"I talk to Coach Gutey [John Gutekunst] and Coach [Marvin] Sanders," said the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Byrd. "I might talk to them every now and then, but when we talk it lasts a long while.

"We talk about just football and how life's going. We talk about football, but we just ask each other how everything is going with the family, what's going on in Carolina, and he asks me what's going on in Thomasville."

Their conversations also included discussions of a possible Tar Heel offer.

"Coach Gutey, the tight end coach, he said I'm number one on their list," said Byrd. "He said they like how I block, but he wants to get me into camp to see how well I can catch. If they like what they see in camp, that's when they'll offer."

North Carolina is definitely one of Byrd's summer camping destinations along with East Carolina and Clemson.

Thomasville (N.C.) High School head football coach, Benji Brown, feels Byrd will prove to be among the most well rounded tight ends this summer.

"Byrd is really a very physical blocker," said Brown. "He really has a lot of athletic ability as far as being able to run and jump. We don't throw it much here([at Thomasville), but he's got good hands and has the ability to hurt you once he catches it."

If the Tar Heels were to extend an offer, Byrd isn't sure if he would verbally commit or not, but admitted North Carolina, along with Clemson, is among his favorite schools.

"With Carolina, it's just a great atmosphere all around," said Byrd.

As a junior, Byrd caught ten passes for 136 yards, and also helped block for a 3,000-yard rusher. For his accomplishments, Thomasville won the NCHSAA 1A State Title, and Byrd earned All-Conference honors.

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