UP NEXT: 2013 Gaffney DT Ty Byars

The Gaffney Indians continue to sit atop the rankings as the #1 team in South Carolina but also one of the top teams in the nation. They are punishing all comers thus far and doing so without one of their most promising prospects from a season ago in 2013 DT Ty Byars. We caught up with the 6'3 280 pounder to talk about last season and more in this exclusive with Scout.com!

Ty Byars Profile

While the Gaffney Indians are steamrolling the competition this season junior defensive tackle Ty Byars has to sit out this season due to some transfer issues with the SCHSL. Byars played last year as a sophomore for the Indians and did extremely well but transferred to Spartanburg High and ultimately returned back to Gaffney. The 6'3 280 pound prospect is hoping to help the Indians again come next season but his own stock this coming off season.

"It's been really hard having to sit out but everything happens for a reason."

Despite a strong sophomore campaign and prototype size for the position Byars says he hasn't really heard from a lot of schools yet. In fact, he's only been on one visit and it wasn't his own he says.

"I really haven't been anywhere except to Clemson. I went there with my cousin, L.J. Peak, for a visit since he's being recruited by them for basketball. I really loved the Clemson atmosphere though."

Last year the 6'3 280 pound defensive tackle made a lot of noise on a talented defensive line for the Indians.

"I had 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 31 tackles, and 7 quarterback hurries. I thought I did pretty good for a tenth grader last year."

Battling in the trenches last year Byars saw plenty of top offensive linemen but one in particular really stood out to him as the very best he's ever faced.

"Brandon Shell from Goose Creek High. He was quick off the line and he was very good at run blocking."

Although he hasn't heard from any schools yet Byars says he's got a few that he's really interested in learning more about soon.

"I'd like to hear from Clemson, South Carolina, Appalachian State, Marshall, South Carolina State, and anyone who wants to recruit me honestly."

Byars continues to work out feverishly he says even though he isn't eligible to play this year. He says he continues to work to reinforce his strengths with his father, Ty Byars, who was a star linebacker in his hey day.

"I run everyday and we started lifting weights back in January."

As for next season Byars says he'll work hard to get after the quarterback to show schools he's got the ability to pressure the quarterback and stop the run game as well. He talked about that and what he'll be taking heavily into consideration when looking at schools.

"I'm hungry to show college coaches what I can do so that I can get a lot of schools looking at me. I'll be looking hard at location, style of play, the coaching staff, and the education I'll be able to receive."

Stay tuned to Scout.com as we'll have more updates with Ty Byars moving forward so keep it dialed in right here with Scout for the very best recruiting information when it comes to the nation's top high school prospects.

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