Byers High on Wisconsin

After seeing teammate Chris Borland sign his letter of intent to play for the Badgers last season, Ohio junior outside linebacker Cody Byers has his curiosity peaked by Wisconsin, as the Badgers are near the top of his list.

MADISON - People that grow up in Ohio normally only know one thing when it comes to football and that is Ohio State. Cody Byers (Archbishop Alter HS) was no different. "I liked to watch Ohio State growing up," Byers said.

However, his recruitment has led down a different path, away from what he has known in the past. Byers, a 6-foot 3 205-pound outside linebacker from Kettering, Ohio, has garnered interest not only from the state of Ohio, but also from around the northern part of the country.

"Basically all of the MAC schools and then Iowa State, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Pitt, and Kansas are giving me interest. I am open to everyone," Byers said.

Byers currently holds offers from almost all of the MAC schools, Wisconsin, Louisville, West Virginia, and Northwestern. Recently, the many schools have made stops at his school. One of those schools was Wisconsin.

To many Badgers' fans, Archbishop Alter sounds familiar. That is because it is where 2009 commitment Chris Borland also went to high school.

Byers' main contact has been Coach Rudolph. "I talk to the coach on the phone and we email back and forth. He came into school and we talked a little bit and then he watched me work out," Byers said. "He is a really nice guy, professional, and obviously a good coach with a good background."

As a junior at Archbishop Alter in 2009, Byers racked up 64 tackles, one sack, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. While some schools are looking at Byers to play safety, Wisconsin is recruiting him as an OLB.

There are reasons for the Badgers recruiting Byers at OLB. "My quickness is a key attribute, intelligence and ball skills. I am pretty good in coverage and against the run," explained Byers. Cody boasts a 4.6 40-yard dash, which allows for him to run from sideline to sideline at the OLB position.

While Byers currently is wrapping up his junior year at Archbishop Alter, Borland prepares for next year at Wisconsin. So what is their friendship like and has Borland talked to Byers about Wisconsin? "It is great. He talks about them a lot. He gave me this little book with all the information on the school," Byers explained.

Byers will be visiting some schools during the summer, but not sure whether he is going to make it to any camps. Byers said he wants to definitely check out Madison.

Like most recruits, Byers wants to get his decision out of the way early. "I probably want to make a decision sometime before the season starts," Byers said.

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