Manzano High School (Albuquerque, New Mexico) three-star running back Jordan Byrd told TalkingBaws.com exclusively last week his top list of schools: Georgia, San Diego State, Cal, USC, and Oregon.
Byrd currently holds offers from San Diego State, New Mexico, Utah, and an offer from Cal that is “on the table”, because they would like his GPA to be a little higher. Byrd received his offer from Utah less than two weeks ago on March 10.
He discussed the Utah offer further, saying, “It means a lot [and] it motivates me to do good in school and on the field [and] also becoming a better person.”
Utah receivers coach Guy Holliday extended the offer to Byrd.
He said that Holliday told him that he needed a, “go to slot receiver,” and that the athletic 5’7″ 166-pound could fill that role.
Byrd admitted he knows very little about the Utah program, telling me, “They are in the Pac-12.” When pressed whether that was really all he knew about the team, the Manzano star responded by saying, “Yes sir, is that bad?”
He later recalled he knew former Carolina and Baltimore receiver Steve Smith attended the University, so he knows a grand total of two things about Utah football.
However, Byrd might get to know a little more about the Utes’ program as he told me he will likely take a visit to their Salt Lake City, Utah campus since it is not too far away from his home in Albuquerque.
Regarding other aspects of his recruitment, Byrd said that he believes Cal is close to giving him a scholarship offer, as him and [Tight Ends] coach [Charlie] Ragle have been talking with each other a lot.
Byrd refuted a few aspects of his recruiting profile on 247Sports.com, saying that contrary to what is listed, Washington and Oregon have not offered him.
“I haven’t talked to a Washington coach and Oregon has my transcripts, but I do not know if they are talking to my [high school head] coach,” said Byrd.
He discussed his relationship with the Oregon program further, remarking, “I talked to them for a few weeks and when the Dallas Nike [The Opening Regionals] camp came, I told them about it and they never responded and then they got my transcripts from my coach.”
He’s also been in contact with Michigan State and Texas Tech, who are sending members of their coaching staff to Manzano in April. In addition to their April visit to Byrd’s high school, TTU will also be seeing Byrd in action during one of their summer camps, as will San Diego State.
Throughout the chaos of Byrd’s intense recruiting, Georgia remains his dream college, although USC is a close second as they are frequently in touch with him via “letters and stuff.”
Byrd’s recruitment is expected to pick up dramatically once the summer camp circuit commences, and his performances in such events could help schools such as Oregon, USC, Cal, Georgia, and Washington, who remain bullish on offering the three-star recruit to finally throw a scholarship offer his way.
All quotes are obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted, and all rankings are via Scout.com.
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