Pasco's Byrd and Ishmar sign



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Wed. February 2, 2011 | Andy Villamarzo

Pasco's Byrd and Ishmar sign

Pasco defensive back Jamie Byrd and wide receiver Hakeeme Ishmar inked their letters-of-intent Wednesday morning in front of plenty of family and friends to play with TCU and Florida Atlantic, respectively.

Byrd, Times' 2010 North Suncoast Defensive Player of the Year, initially committed to Boise State a couple weeks ago, but switched schools just days before signing day after a visit to TCU this past weekend.

"When I came in to the visit last weekend they took me in like family," Byrd said. "It was a great feeling up there. It was a gut feeling. I'm happy with my decision. Me and my family talked for a little bit about the decision. I had a great time visiting different spots around the country. I'm happy it's over, though. I got one decision and I'm going to TCU."

TCU moving into the Big East next season played a big role into Byrd switching from playing on blue turf next season to playing some opponents like USF, which is a little closer to home. Byrd recorded 73 tackles this past season.

Also signing was Ishmar, who recorded 12 catches for 192 yards and also rushed for 107 on the ground.

Both players leave among one of Pasco's most decorated senior classes, which claimed four district titles, three SAC championships and a region crown in 2008.

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