Recently offered Jersey WR to visit Thursday

One thing Rutgers wants to upgrade is its speed at the skill positions, and the New Jersey class of 2011 has some of it. The Scarlet Knights recently offered a receiver, and he talked about whether he has much interest in remaining in his home state to play in college. He also says he will be making a trip to the campus soon, and says when that will be.

Damiere Byrd didn't stress. A few other schools offered the class of 2011 Timber Creek (Eriel, N.J.) receiver, but Rutgers waited.

Until late this week, that is, and now the 5-foot-9 speedster said he is seriously considering the Scarlet Knights. He added he will be at Rutgers' game Thursday against South Florida on an unofficial visit.

"I'm happy about it,'' Byrd said. "It's our in-state school and I'm looking to maybe stay in-state, so I'm happy about it. I didn't know when it would happen, but I thought it would come.''

Byrd also has offers from South Carolina, Maryland and Duke, but this should only be the beginning of a high-octane recruiting process.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Byrd, who is splitting time between running back and receiver, recently sent out highlight tapes from the first half of the season. It will show programs his tremendous speed, not to mention versatility.

Byrd ran the 55 meters in 6.48 seconds to finish third at the New Jersey meet of champions as a sophomore.

"Most of the schools say they are almost ready to pull the trigger,'' Byrd said.

His projected college position is as a slot receiver, and he spent a portion of the offseason working on his route running and the catching balls. However, Byrd has been rushing the ball aplenty lately.

"I'm actually running the ball more this year so I actually think I have more rushing yards than receiving,'' said Byrd. . "It's close to 400 receiving, and maybe 500 rushing.''

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