Pasco's Jamie Byrd, arguably the top recruit on the North Suncoast, has orally committed to Boise State according to Pasco coach Tom McHugh.
The 6-foot-1, 195 pound Byrd chose Boise State over offers from Iowa State, Purdue, Western Michigan, New Mexico, Georgia Southern and Florida Atlantic.
The Broncos had been in touch with McHugh and Byrd for some time and requested film on the standout safety prospect midway through the season before extending an offer prior to Byrd's official visit to Boise State from Dec. 16-19.
Byrd was selected as the Sunshine Athletic Conference's defensive player of the year following the 2010 season after leading the Pirates in tackles (73), forcing three fumbles and intercepting two passes. With Byrd headlining the defense, Pasco allowed only 13.3 points a game this season and advanced to the Class 4A region semifinals. Byrd also saw time on offense, where he caught 13 passes for 192 yards and carried seven times for 111 yards and one touchdown. The Pirates finished the year with a 11-1 record.
As a junior playing linebacker for Pasco, Byrd was named the St. Petersburg Times' defensive player of the year following a season in which he recorded 129 tackles and registered six sacks. He also scored four touchdowns as a running back that season for the Pirates.