Byrd looking to fly north?

Bobby Byrd is a 6-7, 285-pound prospect from Oceanside, California, and the big man for the Pirates has a future as a Division-One offensive lineman. Does his future have a purple and gold tinge to it, or crimson and gray? Or maybe neither? Either way, he will probably know soon enough if things go according to the plan he has laid out for himself.

"I'm think I want to commit at the beginning of the season, maybe around the second or third game of the season," Byrd told "I don't want to go too far and let my opportunities pass me by. For a lot of these schools, it's first-come, first-served. I would like to see the schools first if I can."

The main schools he's interested in checking out include Washington, Washington State, USC and Oregon. He has offers from the Huskies and Cougars, as well as San Diego State and Kansas.

Byrd runs a 5.3 40 and has a 26-inch vertical jump, 300-pound bench press and 480-pound squat lift to his credit. He earned all-league honorable mention honors last year for Oceanside. "I play basketball, so my footwork is a little better than some of the other players out there," Bobby said. "I'm not the quickest guy out there, but my footwork is good. I also feel like I have good patience and technique."

Byrd could play both sides but sees his future on offense. "Well, it's easier," he said, matter-of-factly. "You can be patient, wait for the defense to make a move. All it takes is one little mistake for the defensive end and he's on his butt."

Bobby's interest in the Washington schools is one-hundred percent genuine. "I looked up the Sporting News and Washington and Washington State look like they are going to be one-two in the Pac-10," he said. "Both teams aren't necessarily number one every year but they are consistent and always seem to have winning seasons."

Rick Neuheisel and Brent Myers are the coaches recruiting Byrd for the Huskies. "He said he saw a lot of potential in me and wants me to play for them," Bobby said of his conversation with Neuheisel in May. "Coach Myers said I have real good technique and footwork. He also said I have great potential."

And the other teams Byrd is looking at? "Oregon is an up-and-coming team, but maybe they are on the decline right now," he said. "It's hard to tell. They have a good coaching staff, especially Coach Bellotti. USC is a big-name school and I really like the campus." Top Stories