Grand Rapids tackle is getting early interest

A JUCO tackle prospect getting a lot of early attention is Grand Rapids OT DeShawn Byrd (6-6, 315). JCFootball.com spoke to the talented bookend tackle and he updated us on how things are going along with what he does best on the football field...

Byrd prepped at Trotwood (Oh.) Madison High School just outside of Dayton and was a non-qualifier.

"Nobody really recruited me much because they knew early on that I wasn't going to be able to qualify," Byrd admitted to JCFootball.com recently. "I chose Grand Rapids because it was close to home so my family could see me and they have a great program here so you have a chance to be recruited if you play well."

Last season, Byrd rotated in at both left and right tackle getting most of his reps on the right side due to the presence of Dion Howze who was a preseason All-American.

"I can play on either side and that's what I pretty much did last season, but this year I'll be at left tackle," Byrd said.

While admitting he's probably a better run-blocker, Byrd said not to sleep on his pass-blocking skills either.

"I like to run block because you can be physical and more aggressive and that's sorta my game," Byrd said. "I have good feet though and I feel comfortable in pass-pro too, so it's tough to say I'm better at one and not the other one."

Recruiting has been steady this offseason for the talented offensive line prospect, but he's still waiting on that ever-elusive first offer.

"My coach has talked to Kent State, Toledo, Cincinnati, Mississippi State and Central Michigan and I've talked to Michigan State," Byrd said. "Right now it's just them getting to know me a little better and making sure I fit what they are looking for and for me it's just about seeing who is interested and making sure it's the right place for me."

Byrd has loaded up on credits this summer in the hopes of graduating in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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