Byrd Next in Line

Michael Byrd headed to Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon to both soak in North Carolina's season opener against Rutgers and discuss his recruiting situation with the Tar Heels' coaching staff.

"They invited me down to see the game so me and a coach of mine headed down there," said Byrd. "I wanted to experience the Tar Heel atmosphere."

Byrd, a 6-foot-5 235-pound tight end from Thomasville (N.C.), definitely enjoyed the experience and was impressed by how the Tar Heels responded to such a tough loss.

"I think they played very well even though they didn't pull out the victory," said Byrd. "I think they stayed together as one unit and not really point any fingers."

After the game, Byrd spent time in the locker room and then spoke to coach John Gutekunst regarding their tight end recruiting situation.

"He told me that Carolina has offered two other tight ends, but he's not sure what they're going to do," said Byrd. "He said they don't want to let me go right away, but he said he'll keep me updated. They're one and two, and I'm number three, basically."

Although UNC has yet to offer, Byrd does hold a scholarship offer from East Carolina. He doesn't plan on making his college decision until after his senior football season.

The two-time defending NCHSAA 1A State Champions, Thomasville is off to a 3-0 start. Although Byrd is a very reliable receiving option, he's used almost exclusively as a blocker. His only reception came on a two-point conversion.

This weekend, Byrd will head to Winston-Salem for the Wake Forest-Duke game.

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