Byrd Visits Wake On Unofficial

After taking an unofficial visit to UNC the week before, Thomasville's Michael Byrd took a trip to Winston-Salem to watch another team on his list firsthand as the Demon Deacons hosted Duke.

Michael Byrd said he had a chance to talk with several other prospects that were there to take in the game (Josh Bush from West Davidson and recent Wake Forest-commit Tristan Dorty of West Rowan, among others), talked with the WF coaches, watched the pregame warmup, took in the game, and went back to the locker room to hear the postgame talk by Coach Grobe.

Said Byrd of his visit, "I really do like Wake Forest. They struggled against Duke, but one thing that stood out to me was how they fought and how they played hard every play." He added he also really likes the coaching staff and that "[they] really make you feel like family, the way they talk to you."

In addition to his unofficial visits to Wake and UNC, Byrd plans to add an unofficial visit to Clemson to check out their program in person, but isn't sure yet when that will be. He said he has no other visits planned at this time, official or unofficial.

As far as where do the schools he's interested in rank, Byrd has a list. "[Right now] ECU is #1 on my list, Wake Forest is #2, Clemson is #3, South Carolina is 4th, and UNC is 5th," says Byrd.

He mentioned that so far ECU is the only school on his list that has offered, although he believed an offer was coming from the Demon Deacons, but couldn't say when. Byrd did say that an offer from any school on his list could change his list and his favorite(s). As far as where he might be playing at the next level, Byrd said that everyone on his list was recruiting him as a tight end...every school except one.

"Wake Forest is recruiting me to play defensive end." When asked if that was a position he was interested in playing at the next level, Byrd responded, "Man, I've been trying to get back to defense forever. The only reason I went to TE was my coach said it would help the team."

Right now, he's in no hurry to make his decision and said it will probably wait until after this season, preferring instead to enjoy his senior year and playing football with his friends. So far Thomasville is off to a great start and is 4-0. While Byrd said his only personal goal was to get a scholarship to be able to play football in college, his more immediate goal was for the team to get another state championship for the Thomasville community.

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