May 19, 2010

Byrd adding offers, making summer plans

Ryan Byrd will almost certainly spend his college days patrolling the defensive secondary.

However, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete from Greensburg (St. Helena), La., spent the majority of his spring working at quarterback.

"Most of the time when I'm at quarterback, I run the ball," Byrd said. "I think it's fun."

College coaches aren't looking at Byrd as a potential signal-caller. Still, they haven't seemed to mind watching Byrd under center, as evidenced by his continuing stockpiling of scholarship offers.

Kansas State is the latest to join the race for Byrd's signature. The Wildcats offered earlier this week, joining Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis, Minnesota, Tulane, Western Kentucky and South Alabama. Nebraska and Tulsa, Byrd said, have indicated that offers are forthcoming from those programs as well.

"In a way, it's exciting, but sometimes it gets overwhelming when the offers come at you at one time," Byrd said.

While Byrd continues to keep an open mind and maintain that he has no leader, he said Ole Miss has made a strong, steady impression. Ole Miss safeties coach Kim Dameron visited Greensburg last week and took a call from Byrd a few days ago.

"We talked about family," Byrd said. "I think he's a cool guy. I like him a lot."

Byrd said he plans to attend Ole Miss' two-day camp on June 5-6 before heading over to Starkville to check out Mississippi State. He said he is in no hurry to make a decision.

"Most likely, I'll wait awhile," said Byrd, who has been consistently clocked in the sub-4.6-second range in the 40-yard dash.

Byrd said most schools, including Ole Miss, are recruiting him as a safety.

"Mississippi State, Tulsa and Nebraska like me as a wide receiver," Byrd said. "I'd like to play wide receiver but it doesn't matter. I'll play on either side."

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