Hatari Byrd on UCLA Visit

The Fresno (Calif.) Central safety, Hatari Byrd, visited UCLA on Thursday and he raved about his time in Westwood...

Fresno (Calif.) Central safety Hatari Byrd is taking things slowly as more and more schools come his way.

With Georgia and Ole Miss the most recent to offer the Semper Fi All-American, Byrd said his list is expanding and so is his time frame.

"Since more offers have come, I haven't really thought about when I'll decide," said the four-star. "Probably the earliest would be the Semper Fi game (in January)."

Byrd said a Pac-12 school is recruiting him the hardest and a couple more SEC schools are picking up their interest level.

"UCLA is recruiting me the hardest and I'm starting to hear more from LSU and Alabama from the SEC," said Byrd. "I'm possibly trying to get out to Alabama and LSU and maybe Georgia and Ole Miss. I just was at UCLA on Thursday."

Byrd was in Westwood with his teammate L.J. Moore and he got to spend the day with the Bruin coaches and watching their practice.

"My visit to UCLA went really good," said Byrd. "I went and watched their practice and I like the college, the college was really nice. I liked everything about the facilities too. They're really nice.

Byrd also noted the practice tempo.

"It was very intense, and I liked everything I saw," said Byrd. "I watched Coach (Jim) Mora and Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and how they coached and they got after it with the team. After practice, I had a pretty good conversation with them and we bonded and talked and they said why they think I should come there. I liked that a lot about them."

Byrd said he's hoping to get back down to Southern California for the Bruins' spring game, but isn't sure where else the spring will take him.

"I know I possibly will visit the SEC schools, but I really haven't figured out where else I'm going to go this spring," said Byrd. "So I'm definitely going to take all five of my visits."

Byrd was one of the top performers at the NLA Elite 7on7 and will be playing in the IMG 7on7 this weekend in Los Angeles as well as the Oakland NFTC next month.

Academically, Byrd said he's set to take both the SAT and ACT in June.


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