''That was awesome,'' he told Scout.com's Bob Lichtenfels. ''I was pretty escited about it.''
Byham also stars on defense. As an end/linebacker, he registered 91 tackles last fall -- 15 of them for minus yardage, including 9 sacks. He also intercepted three passes. Despite success on both sides of the ball, Byham is determined to play offense.
''I love playing tight end and I am going to be a tight end in college, he told James Hale of Scout.com. ''I feel that I am a natural tight end, and I think I am a better tight end than a linebacker. It just feels more natural for me to play tight end.''
Byham claims to be ''wide open at this point,'' but conceded he already has 15 scholarship offers.
Forty-five catches is a lot for a tight end, especially a high school tight end. Byham says that's a credit to the system his team uses.
''We run a balanced offense, but we hurry it up,'' he said. ''We go on the quick on every snap so we got a lot of plays in a game, which gives me more opportunities in the passing game.''
In addition to a 4.65 time in the 40, Byham can bench-press 220 pounds and squat 340. His vertical jump has never been tested but he can dunk a basketball from a stand-still position. Byham started for his high school team last winter, averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game en route to second-team all-state honors.