Byrd flies north on visits

Oceanside, California's finest, 6-7, 290-pound Bobby Byrd, just returned from unofficial visits to some prestigious colleges in the Pacific Northwest. While he prepares to start fall camp with his team gunning for the CIF championship, this prodigious pass-blocking specialist brought us up to date on how his visits went, and how what he saw may impact his choice of schools.

"I went to Oregon, Seattle, and Pullman," Byrd told Dawgman.com. "At the University of Oregon, they had a little preview day. They showed us the facilities, we met all of the coaches--it was a real good visit. Got a lot of questions answered and then I moved on to Seattle."

Bobby Byrd arrived in Seattle on Monday and liked what he saw. "I met up with Coach Myers and Coach Neuheisel and talked to them for a little bit," he said. "Coach Myers, the offensive line coach, gave me a tour of the facilities. I really liked what I saw there. Their training room was outstanding. I like the field turf; the weight room looked good. And just all of the coaches seemed real fired up."

After his time on campus, Byrd headed to the Palouse where he met with Mike Price and was given a tour of Pullman by none other than Jason Gesser.

Not surprisingly, Byrd's visit to the Northwest only complicated what might have otherwise been a short recruitment, noting that "taking the visit only makes my decision that much harder," Bobby said.

Byrd plans on taking official visits to Washington, Oregon, and Washington State in the fall, with USC and possibly Colorado filling the remaining two.

Seattle, the UW staff, and the campus certainly made a strong impression on this skilled offensive lineman from Oceanside, and while the quest for his services seems as if it may draw out further, the Huskies have a solid foundation to work from.

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