Byrd Proves His Worth

In watching his junior highlight tape, the North Carolina coaching staff was able to determine Michael Byrd possessed the ability to block. However, playing in a run dominated offense, Byrd had to head to camp to prove he had the hands to play tight end in the ACC.

"I think I showed them that I can catch," said Byrd. "The point of me going down there was showing them that I can catch and I think I proved myself."

Byrd, a 6-foot-5 225-pounder from Thomasville (N.C.), was able to impress all of coaches during the Tar Heels' one-day camp Saturday – especially tight end coach, John Gutekunst.

"[Gutekunst] thought I did very well," said Byrd. "I talked to all of the coaches; all of them were pleased with my performance. I guess they have another meeting."

Byrd, who is being recruited by coach Marvin Sanders, is still awaiting word on the status of a possible UNC scholarship offer.

"In a way [they talked about offering]," said Byrd. "[Gutekunst] was talking about the limited scholarships that they had, and how they spend most of their time discussing me in their meeting room."

On July 8th, Byrd will camp at Virginia Tech. In addition to UNC, he has also attended a camp at Wake Forest.

Although East Carolina is the only school to extend a scholarship offer, the three previously mentioned schools makeup Byrd's top three favorites list, with the Tar Heels holding down the leadership position.

"Right now, it's between [North] Carolina, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech," said Byrd. "Carolina has the lead, though. It's just a great atmosphere to play in. I like the coaches and I like the players that play there."

If or when the Tar Heels do extend an offer, could Byrd could pull the trigger with a verbal commitment almost immediately?

"I don't know, I'd have to take it under consideration," said Byrd. "I'd have to go over it with my family and see what would be best for them and go over it with my coaches."

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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