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Tue. February 1, 2011 | Bryan Burns

Pasco senior Jamie Byrd, who initially committed to Boise State in mid January, has instead flipped his commitment and has now orally committed to TCU the 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety confirmed via text message this morning.

TCU was late to enter the picture, but Byrd took an official visit to the school's Fort Worth campus over the weekend and liked what he saw enough to make the change.

TCU went 13-0 during the 2010 season and defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl to finish the year with a No. 2 final ranking in the final Associated Press NCAA football poll. TCU currently competes in the Mountain West Conference but accepted an invitation to join the Big East Conference and will make the switch in time for the 2012 season.

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. The Pirates finished the year with an 11-1 record.

Offensively, Byrd caught 13 passes for 192 yards and carried the ball seven times for 111 yards and one touchdown.

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