Byrd Picks up First Offer

Late last week was a "time to remember" for Cedric Byrd. Thursday night, East Carolina extended the 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver from Burlington (N.C.) Williams his first scholarship offer.

"Last Thursday, 9:15 [Coach Rick Smith] called my cell phone and said they are ready to offer me a scholarship," said Byrd. "He was just saying how he liked my size and they know I can make plays."

Byrd, who is also receiving interest from Wake Forest and N.C. State, is definitely appreciative of the tender and could see himself wearing yellow and purple in the future.

"I think it's a great school," said Byrd. "I think it's a good fit for me. I've evaluated the school before and last year I went to a couple of games."

Although somewhat premature, Byrd considers ECU his leader, but is also looking hard at two other in-state schools.

"It's kind of hard to tell it's kind of early," said Byrd. "But I like East Carolina right now – it's one of my choices. I also really like Wake [Forest] and [North] Carolina. Those are my three, but East Carolina is probably my first right now because they have went all out and offered me."

With a senior football season full of title hopes, recruiting isn't a major concern of Byrd's at this time.

"I don't really have any plans right now, that's something I'll deal with at a later date," said Byrd. "I'm just working on my season. Trying to have the best season I can. Basically, [Coach Smith] was saying the same thing. He said get through the season and get your grades right, and be ready for us."

Despite sustaining an unexpected loss at the hands of highly ranked Western Alamance last Friday night, Williams High School is still considered one of the top teams in North Carolina's 3A classification. While helping Williams reach a 2-1 record, Byrd has caught seven passes including two for touchdowns.


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