Byrd is Back from Florida; Is RU still in it?

One of the top recruits in New Jersey's class of 2011 is Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) speedster Damiere Byrd, who followed his recent offer from Florida with a trip to the campus. He will be heading to a Big Ten campus soon, which brings up the question of whether Rutgers still has a shot at him. He has said several times he would like to leave the state. Where does Rutgers currently stand?

Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) speedster Damiere Byrd has long been a high priority for Rutgers, but on occasion the four-star receiver said he planned to leave the state to attend college.

His latest trip came over the weekend, when he traveled to Florida.

"It was good. I had fun,'' Byrd said. "I really liked the campus. I expected it to be that way. I met with the coaches and got the campus tour and I hung out with one of the players, Josh Evans.''

It should come as no coincidence Evans prepped at Irvington (N.J.) High.

During a recent sweep of the Garden State, Florida stopped by Timber Creek and Byrd received an offer. Most schools are recruiting the 5-foot-9, 160-pound Byrd as a receiver, but the offer from the Gators came as a cornerback.

But does Byrd have a position of preference in college?

"It doesn't matter,'' he said. "Right now it's whatever can get me on the field the fastest.''

With the Florida visit behind him, Byrd said he is eyeing visits to other schools, and he already knows one school he will check out.

"Right now I'm going to go look at Ohio State,'' Byrd said. "They've been to my school a couple of times, and my coach wants me to get out there.''

But all the attention toward Byrd is not coming from only out-of-state schools. Rutgers continues to recruit him hard in hopes of persuading him to remain home.

"They're still right in the mix,'' Byrd said. "I still talk to them. They come around quite a bit. Coach (Greg) Schiano sends me messages, email-wise.''

Rutgers is trying to get Byrd to visit Rutgers in early June, but he is unsure if he will make it there.

"I haven't checked my schedule yet,'' he said. "But once I check that, I'll let everybody know.''

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