North Augusta (S.C.) athlete C.J. Byrd is drawing heavy attention and is piling on the scholarship offers. Byrd, one of the top players in South Carolina, has already racked up 15 offers, including two new ones.
"I have offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Virginia, Auburn, Illinois, Louisiana State, Maryland, and Virginia Tech," said the 6-foot-3, 184-pound two-way player who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. "I also just got offers from Florida and Penn State."
Does Byrd have a leader?
"I am wide open right now, but the schools that will allow me to play both ways will be the ones that I look at the hardest."
Last season, Byrd had 36 receptions for 537 yards and two touchdowns as a wide receiver. From his safety position, Byrd racked up 92 tackles and two interceptions. Byrd, who is a dangerous return man as well, returned two kickoffs for 100-yard touchdowns.
What does Byrd plan to work on this offseason to prepare himself for college play?
"I have been working with a speed trainer and running track with my high school team. I have been running pulling tires and parachutes, basically anything that will improve my burst."
Byrd currently has a 3.1 GPA and has scored 890 on the SAT. He'll take unofficial visits to Tennessee and Georgia over the next two weekends.