Late Bloomer Byrd

The Texas line prospect, <b>Tyrone Byrd</b>, is considered the "little guy" in his family -- at 6-5 -- having blossomed late in high school. Byrd is getting some solid early recruiting attention...

Every year you hear of a late bloomer who sneaks up on recruiters thanks to a late growth spurt or lack of experience.  Add Tyrone Byrd, 6-5, 260, Fort Bend (Tex.) Hightower, to that list.  The "little guy" in the family has now grown up, and is hearing from a host of schools around the nation.


"It's funny when I get my letters, because my cousins are like, ‘Little Tyrone is going big time!'" said Byrd.


Playing both offense and defense, Byrd will be happy to play either in college, just as long as it's on the line. "Real men play football in the trenches," Byrd said.   "That's where I want to play.  I don't care about the speed guys, I want to be up front mixing it up and battling.  The true man is up front."


While he is waiting for his first offer, Byrd is hearing from several schools, with five really standing out.


"Iowa, Oklahoma State, LSU, Northwestern and UCLA are the ones recruiting me the most and ones I really like," said Byrd.  "I used to live in Chicago before moving back to Texas, but I also want to look at the West Coast."


When asked about the Bruin coaching staff, Byrd had good things to say. He said, "Coach Dorrell seems like a really cool person, someone I can relate to as a person and someone I respect."


Byrd also has received letters from Houston, Texas A&M and Texas.


He had planned to attend the Nike Camp in College Station this year, but it conflicted with the SAT and he has been taking a SAT prep course.


"It was something I really wanted to go to and be at, ever since one of my friends went to it.  But my mom keeps telling me that academics are more important and to be ready for my SAT." Byrd currently carries a 3.08 GPA.


A cousin of Byrd's plays at New Mexico (fullback Adrian Byrd) and he wants to follow him in playing college football. "I didn't think this could happen, getting recruited to play football, but I worked hard and I hope to get a scholarship.  My mom would like me to stay nearby, so she can get in the car and drive and watch me, but she wants what's best for me, and if that means the west coast or the midwest, she'll be happy for me."


Along with football, Byrd throws the shotput and discus. 

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