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Franklin (Pa.) tight end Nate Byham (6-4, 220, 4.65) says Pittsburgh and Miami lead slightly over USC, Iowa and Oklahoma. All have offered.

"I like both Pitt and Miami just slightly over the other schools in my top five," said Byham, from Franklin Area High School.

"Pittsburgh is close to home and I already know a lot of people that go there. They've got some high class facilities and there's just a lot of kids from west Pennsylvania that go there. It would be good to stay in that kind of atmosphere in school. Plus they've got a great coaching staff. I speak with the coaches there more often than some of the other coaches at the programs in my top five. I've also been there like three or four times.

"I really like the coaching staff at Miami," he said. "They seem real down-to-earth and they don't seem that serious about everything. All of the coaches there seem to have a pretty good sense of humor. They're also always a top 25 team and I like how they use their tight ends a lot.

"USC is a real nice program. I've spoken with coach Brennan Carroll (tight ends) and he seems pretty young and cool. They seem like coaches that I could really talk to and shoot the bull with. They're also the best team in the country right now.

"Iowa was the first school to offer and that really makes a big difference to me. They were the first school to really want something to do with me, and they've been looking at me the whole time. I like the coaches there and they seem like they're a good program. I don't really care for the location there, out in the middle of nowhere, but they're still a good program."

Byham claims 15 offers in all including Michigan State, Maryland, Purdue, West Virginia, Boston College, Virginia, Tennessee and Clemson.

He's been to Maryland's JR Day and was at Pittsburgh's spring practice and spring game.

This summer he plans to unofficially visit Iowa (June) and Miami (July).

"I want to take my official visits and make my decision by the end of the season.

"All of these schools are recruiting me for tight end except for Maryland which wants me as a linebacker. I prefer playing TE. I just know that I want to catch the ball when I get to college.

Byham also will be playing AAU basketball this summer and is being recruited for hoops by most Division II schools.

"There's no chance of me signing with basketball over football," he said.

Final JR (6-3) stats: 45 catches/883 yds/9 TDs; 91 tackles/15 TFL/9 sacks/4 FR/3 INTs (at defensive end)

"I'm real smart with the game and I make good quick decisions. I'm also pretty quick for a tight end. I'm a very energetic player and I get really pumped up for games. I want to work on getting stronger and putting on more weight. I also want to get faster."

Bench: 220/Squat: 300/Power Clean: 200

92%/1470 SAT (new test/score equivalent to a 990 on old test)--retest unset

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