Swamped by phone calls, new offers and a steady flow of mail, Hartselle (Ala.)
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Byford says he's placed his recruitment in the hands of a higher power
for the time being.
"I'm really not sure where I stand right now except to say I'm completely open
to the teams who have been offering me," he said. "Basically, I'm just praying
about it a lot and letting the Lord point me in the right direction. I know it
will all get sorted out."
Those in the mix include: Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Clemson, Southern
Miss, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, Indiana, Troy State, Georgia Tech and
Memphis. All have offered and made calls to Byford since the first of September.
He mentioned "the Big 12 schools" and the two South Carolina teams as showing
the most interest.
"I went to the Southern Miss-Illinois game, and I've got tickets for the Georgia
Tech game this Saturday, but I don't think I'm going to be able to go," he said.
"I want to try to go to Georgia Tech and Vandy sometime soon. Other than that, I
don't have any plans set at this point."
In the meantime, he's going about his business as being one of the South's
offensive guards. As a junior, he graded out at 87 percent and averaged
five pancake blocks per game in helping lead Hartselle to a 9-2 record. He's a
member of the