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Recruiting notebook: Pasco's Jamie Byrd happy with Boise State

Jamie Byrd, a standout safety at Pasco rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, landed an offer from Boise State and committed last week. His coach with the Pirates, Tom McHugh, says some schools have shown more interest after he committed than they did before. Byrd will be one of only two Floridians on the Broncos’ roster.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Jamie Byrd, a standout safety at Pasco rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, landed an offer from Boise State and committed last week. His coach with the Pirates, Tom McHugh, says some schools have shown more interest after he committed than they did before. Byrd will be one of only two Floridians on the Broncos’ roster.

Sometimes, it takes just one offer.

For Pasco S Jamie Byrd, that offer came from Boise State in December.

To that point, Byrd was only mildly recruited. The state's bigger schools hadn't offered, and Iowa State was his most prominent suitor.

But once the Broncos, a national title contender at one point this season before finishing 12-1, offered Byrd, his stock rose.

It was too late for his new suitors, because Byrd (6 feet, 180 pounds) committed to Boise State last week, though the calls keep coming.

"Now everyone wants to know about Jamie; they want to see film," Pasco coach Tom McHugh said.

The Pirates coach thinks Byrd will be one of those players that fans wonder, "How did he get away from here?"

Boise State doesn't recruit Florida hard traditionally but is increasing those efforts. Assuming Byrd signs, he will join junior Antwon Murray of Lakeland as the only Florida players on the roster.

CHOMP?: As one of the top junior recruits in the Tampa Bay area, Jefferson junior DE Tyriq McCord will have his choice of colleges this year.

With the Dragons having won their first state championship, the 6-3, 210 McCord is coming off a breakout junior season. He finished 2010 with 63 tackles and 18½ sacks, the most in Hillsborough County. He also forced four fumbles and rotated in at tight end, catching three touchdown passes.

But McCord's future is undoubtedly on defense. And he received several major Division I offers early in the season — South Carolina, USF and Texas Tech among them. But during the postseason, he also received offers from Florida, Notre Dame and Ole Miss.

"I'm surprised about a lot of them," said McCord, who is on ESPNU's Class of 2012 Watch List.

Asked Friday if he has a favorite, McCord said, it's hard not to say the Gators, who have recruited him hard, but at this point, he's wide open.

"I grew up a Florida fan, but I can't just commit there being a Florida fan," McCord said. "I have to look at it academically and playing time and coaches and stuff like that, so I really don't have a favorite."

KNIGHT MOVE: Versatile Robinson standout Frankie Williams, ranked 14th in the Times' top 20 recruits, committed to Purdue on Saturday. But he still plans to visit Nebraska next weekend.

REMAINING: While most top recruits have made their decisions, a good many are left from last spring's Times Fab 50.

Armwood QB Josh Grady (No. 12) is looking to take it down to signing day.

Land O'Lakes QB Stevie Weatherford (15) is visiting Cincinnati, but Miami could be a player.

Spoto coach Dale Caparaso says DB Nick Addison (29) is going to New Mexico, LB Danny Taylor (49) is probably headed to Presbyterian and WR Tyron Baker (50) is likely to land at Fort Hays (Kan.) State.

Speaking of Fort Hays State, Hillsborough OL Andre Gunn (45) will visit next weekend, coach Earl Garcia said.

Times staff writers Eduardo A. Encina and Joey Knight contributed to this report.

Recruiting notebook: Pasco's Jamie Byrd happy with Boise State 01/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 5:54pm]
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