Wide receiver Damiere Byrd has firmly established himself as one of New Jersey's top rising seniors and the spotlight has been shining on him for a good while now.
Those following his recruitment have seen a lot of schools mentioned in recent months, but Byrd is starting to narrow his focus a little bit. Seven schools have made Byrd's first major cut. Who are they?
"Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina and West Virginia," Byrd said Wednesday night.
"I just have a good relationship with those coaches. I've been able to talk to some of the players and I've already seen some of them. Those I haven't been to I'll take official visits to."
Byrd said he is planning on taking all five official visits but that could change as things progress later in the recruiting process.
He did say that two schools are still in the hunt, though they seem to lag behind the others at the moment.
"I'm also considering Maryland and Baylor," he added. "I just want to see if they have better seasons."
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound prospect from Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek does not think he will trim his list again before he makes his decision.
Byrd is ranked the No. 21 wide receiver and the No. 235 prospect overall nationally by Rivals.com.