Pasco's Jamie Byrd is a linebacker/safety prospect that is coming off a stellar junior season earning Times first-team all-Suncoast honors, North Suncoast defensive player of the year, and was also named a maxpreps.com junior All-American.
As a junior Byrd (5'11-180) recorded 129 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 fumbles recovered with two returned for scores. He also scored 3 touchdowns on offense as a running back, but is being projected on the defensive side of the ball.
"I play safety/outside linebacker, and running back," said Byrd. "Most schools are talking about me playing strong safety."
"I hit, I'm a good hitter," said Byrd. "I can cover, play sideline to sideline, and deliver big time hits."
Now Byrd is hoping to build off his superb junior season into a bigger senior year and land some offers. While waiting for his first offer, Byrd is hearing from a host of schools
Last week the 5'11-180 pound standout recruit visited the Bulls first scrimmage.
"I liked it, I liked it a lot," said Byrd. "I saw a lot of hitting and it was pretty intense."
The hard hitting safety/linebacker spent time with USF defensive coordinator/secondary Coach Rick Smith and liked how the Bulls secondary played.
"I liked how the players were being physical and getting little crunked, you could say, and I liked how they were hitting."
With it being early in the recruiting process, Byrd is reluctant to name a favorite or leaders.
"I can't really say right now," said Byrd. "I'm interested in wherever I'm going to play at."
Byrd made the trip to Tampa with Nature Coast standout Ja'Juan Story, who he's been friends with since childhood. The two played together in Pee-wee's, and against each other in high school, but talk about playing together at the next level.
"That's my little brother, we grew up together," said Byrd. "We always talk about playing together, every time we talk about what's going on, and how we can get the same offers and go to the same school."
The standout DB benches 275 pounds, runs a 4.6 40 yard dash, and in the classroom carries a 3.0 GPA and is close to being fully qualified.
After Byrd attended the Football University Camp in Orlando last month, he performed well enough to earn a free trip to New York this summer to compete for a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and with the spring evaluation period coming up, expect Byrd to garner plenty of attention.
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Jamie Byrd's recruitment and the rest of the 2011 class.