North Augustian Has Seven Offers On The Table

This North Augusta native already has seven offers on the table and should expect many more during his senior campaign. The South Carolina Gamecocks are in the hunt and you can bet will make him one of their primary targets during the course of the upcomming season ...

(C.J.) "Byrd Hatches Seven Offers"

The clichés just roll off the tongue when talking about North Augusta (S.C.) High School's C.J. Byrd. Almost as quickly as the offers come rolling in for the blue chip athlete.

"He has definitely been offered by Illinois, Vanderbilt, Clemson, and South Carolina," stated North Augusta's head coach, Joe Long. "Mississippi, Georgia and Auburn talk like they are going to offer him and Notre Dame's very interested."

Mississippi, Georgia and Auburn have all offered, according to Byrd, increasing his ever growing offers list to seven. Those seven, plus Notre Dame, make up Byrd's top eight, but he maintains no school stands out from the bunch.

Byrd could play wide receiver or defensive back at the next level. However, most coaching staffs are recruiting him as a wide out; one coach goes as far to say he is the best receiver he has ever seen.

"I got email from Coach Swinney (wide receiver coach at Clemson), and in his email he stated that C.J. is the best wide receiver that he has ever seen," remarked Long. "For us he plays defensive back and wide receiver. To me I think he could play either one at the next level. Most of the schools seem to be looking at him more as a wide receiver then a defensive back. He is also a punt/kick returner guy; he can just do a lot of things."

Along with the obvious factors of education and comfort, Coach Long has stressed the importance of Byrd's relationship with his position coach at the next level.

"We talked about going to a school to get a good education, but the other thing is he has to like the position coach of the position he will be playing because he is a guy that is going to be dealing with him on a daily basis," Long said. "I stressed upon him that he might love the head coach but the guy that you really have got to make sure your personally matches with is going to be that position coach."

Byrd will be at Clemson's Junior Day this weekend, and has unofficially visited Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina.

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