On July 17, 2000 - Pool Recruiting Reported
Dominique Byrd, a 6-3 230 (4.5) pound linebacker/tight end from Minneapolis (Breck) is an early favorite to receive All-America honors. Byrd is on the wish list of perennial powers from coast to coast.
Byrd is a three-sport star earning honors in football, basketball and track. Which sport does Byrd prefer? "I love basketball but I like football a whole lot." Dominique Byrd said.
"I didn't like football growing up because I was always bigger than all the other kids and even though I was still faster than everyone, they made me play offensive line (Pee-Wee Football). I didn't get to carry the football until my freshman year."
Dominique will be a four-year starter at linebacker and tight end for John Thiel at Breck. "I don't come off the field. I don't have a preference between tight end and linebacker. I love to hit but I also like to catch the ball. I think I have very good hands and I'm mobile. I have very good hands. Anything that comes within my range, I come up with the catch."
Byrd has been offered scholarships from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Boston College, Iowa, Pitt, Nebraska, Ohio State, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota and others.
"Right now I've narrowed it down to four schools and there are two others that I'm looking at and those schools seem to change every once and a while. Notre Dame, Boston College, Pitt and Colorado are my four favorites. Michigan State and Minnesota are two other schools that I'm giving consideration to as well. I grew up a North Carolina fan and actually had a chance to visit Chapel Hill when I was there for a basketball camp.
I'm looking for a school with good athletic and academic situations. I plan on studying business or political science." Byrd said.
Dominique Byrd doesn't have any of his official visits set as of yet. Byrd is a tremendous athlete who high jumped 6'6" as a freshman in high school. He's big, fast and very talented. Dominique carries a 2.6 core GPA in the classroom and he scored a 21 on his ACT.
On October 16, 2001 - Pool Recruiting Reports
TE/DE Dominique Byrd 6-3 230 4.5 Minneapolis, MN (The Breck School)
"I'm going to visit Boston College on October 19th." Byrd said. Boston College isn't my leader just because I set up my first visit with them. It was just a date that worked out for them and my family.
Notre Dame, USC and Colorado are all at the top of my list. I'd say that Pitt and Michigan State are on my list of favorites as well. Notre Dame is my leader but I'm keeping an eye on the coaching situation.
USC saw some film of me and coach (Lane) Kiffin started to call me. They have an excellent football tradition and their academics are strong. USC is moving
So for in 2001, Byrd has 36 catches for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's also the leading tackler on the team.
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