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Byrd makes the switch

Dade City (Fla.) Pasco safety Jamie Byrd was all set for Boise State, but that was before a new school emerged. After listening to the pitch from a national power, Byrd opted to take a visit and made a last minute switch.
"I did visit TCU this weekend," Byrd said. "I am decommitted from there (Boise State). I am planning to sign with TCU on Wednesday."
The 6-foot, 180-pound safety informed Chris Petersen and his staff of his change of heart.
"I text them and told them I am planning to go to TCU," Byrd said. "I told them I appreciated all the time they spent recruiting me, but I found something closer to home and me and my family decided I am going to go there."
Byrd, a three-star defensive back according to Rivals, was unsure about his Boise decision largely based on the distance from his Florida home to Idaho.
"I wasn't sure about Boise because it is so far, but then TCU came into the picture," Byrd said. "It was a two-hour plane ride to TCU and I took the visit, had a good time up there and it felt like home."
It doesn't hurt that the Horned Frogs are coming off a great season and primed to compete among the nation's best teams next season.
"They play good football," Byrd said. "That made it even better."
Byrd expects to begin his career at the strong safety position.
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