February 18, 2007

UGA made a big first impression on Byrd

Many class of 2008 in-state prospects have visited the University of Georgia for one reason or another over the years, but not Ronald Byrd. Byrd traveled up to Athens for the first time on Saturday for Junior Day and the Bulldogs made a positive first impression. UGASports.com caught up with Byrd to see what he had to say about his visit to Athens.

"The Georgia Junior Day went real good for me," said Byrd. "It was my first time visiting Georgia and I liked it a lot. I was impressed, real impressed."

Byrd talks about some of the things he was impressed with in Athens.

"The atmosphere is great there," he said. "It is not football season, but you could tell that the atmosphere would be great. I really like the strength program there too. The stength coach (Dave Van Halanger) has won awards before and he does a real good job there."

"I also like how the coaches and players treat each other and the recruits. They treat everyone like family and it is like you are already one of them. That was real impressive."

This 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive lineman had a chance to meet a couple of the Georgia coaches too.

"I talked with Coach Rodney Garner and Coach Jon Fabris. They were both real cool coaches. They told me that they were going to come down and watch me practice in the spring. They let me know that they were real interested in me."

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