Hometown: Longview, Texas
Ranking: Rated the 58th best prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com.
Byrdsong is one of those late-comers that is just now getting noticed and noticed hard. Blessed with tremendous size and speed, Byrdsong is a 3-year starter who played outside linebacker his sophomore year, before moving inside the last two years. Part of the reason why Byrdsong started the season low key is the fact he only played in five games a year ago due to a hand injury. However, upon further review, in those five games Byrdsong averaged 17 tackles a game, three sacks and 11 tackles-for-loss.
Thus far this season Longview is 1-2 on the year, but Byrdsong is having an outstanding season.
"I am having a great season so far," said Byrdsong. "In the first game I had 15 tackles, with eight solos and one interception. The second game I had 14 tackles, nine solos and two forced fumbles. Then in the last game I had 15 tackles, nine solos, a deflected pass, 2 quarterback sacks and a forced fumble. In the first week I was named the 5A Texas Defensive Player of the Week."
Byrdsong can bench 350 pounds and he has a 33-inch vertical jump. Byrdsong's injury kept him out of basketball a year ago, but he should be a starter this season. He also plans to run track this year as well in the sprint relay and the 200 meters.
Byrdsong has played his way on a number of recruiting list from coast-to-coast and is enjoying it.
"I have been talking to LSU, Florida State, Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma," said Byrdsong. "I haven't set up any visits at this time. I don't have any favorites at this time. I grew up a Florida State fan and loved to watch them play when I was little. I am looking for a school that reminds me of home with a coaching staff that cares about me as a person. All of those teams mentioned have offered me a scholarship."
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