"We're changing our offense this year to more of a speed-type offense with multiple receivers," VCC head football coach Frank Crockett said. "We're going to open it up a lot this year and [Byrum's] talent will be displayed a lot more this year than it was last year."
Crockett hopes the transition finally gets VCC over the hump. The past three seasons have ended with VCC losing in the NCISAA playoff semifinals – twice to the eventual NCISAA Champion.
In a run-oriented offense, Byrum, a 6-foot-2, 170-pounder, was still able to pass for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
"Josh is an exceptional quarterback," Crockett said. "He's a type of guy that's smart, makes good decisions with the football… Josh can throw the deep ball real well with a lot of accuracy. He's fundamentally sound – his technique is exceptional."
The run-oriented offense also hasn't stopped Byrum from receiving interest from Auburn, Boston College, Iowa, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, and Purdue.
"He's a leader," VCC quarterback coach Don Robinson said. "He reads defenses very well and does a good job of spreading the ball around to all of his receivers based on the defense… He's a natural. I've been coaching quarterbacks for 38 years now and he's one of the best pure passers that I've seen. He has the best mechanics that I've seen from a quarterback."
Most schools, though, want to see Byrum in camp before offering a scholarship. He is planning to attend camps at Auburn, UNC, Notre Dame, and Purdue.
In the meantime, Byrum is hitting the junior day circuit. He is scheduled to attend junior days at Auburn (March 29th) and Vanderbilt, and attended UNC's Junior Day a couple of weekend's back.
"[UNC's Junior Day] went very well," Byrum said. "Everybody was very welcoming [and] very nice. They had very nice facilities, a very nice area, and I had a good time."
During his Chapel Hill stay, John Shoop conducted a group meeting with all the quarterbacks in attendance.
"He went over basic things with their offense," Byrum said. "He was very energetic."
So early in the process, Byrum is staying away from naming a leader.
"I don't really have a favorite," Byrum said. "I'm just trying to find a school with an offense that I will fit into. It doesn't matter where it's at – I wouldn't mind going somewhere far."
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