July 16, 2007

Byrd impressed with Louisville's success

Ronald Byrd, a 6-foot-6, 253-pound defensive lineman from Callaway H.S. in Hogansville, Ga., is recovering from a torn MCL that he suffered in spring ball. That hasn't stopped some colleges from continuing to show him interest. Cardinalsports.com spoke with Byrd recently to find out the latest in his recruitment...

Byrd said he plans to be cleared by doctors to play football again on Monday, news he is relieved to here. Since his injury, he's been doing everything he can to get back on the field.

"I've just been rehabbing and lifting weights," said the three-star prospect. "I've been going to some camps, but I've been just going and standing there, at the passing camp. I went to Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson." Byrd added that he would be attending a camp at Jackson State in the coming week.

"It's been tough at first but it got easier," he said of having to sit and watch. "My knee feels a whole bunch better."
After the Jackson State camp, Byrd will beging a strength training program at his school called Ironman. That will lead directly into football season.

Byrd has added scholarship offers since the last time he spoke to Rivals.com. "Arkansas offered me at defensive end, and Marshall offered me for defensive end," he revealed. "And I talked to Virginia Tech, and they said they have two open spots for defensive end and defensive tackle for next year. The coach said he would have to go back and talk to the other coaches and see about offering me."

One school that has offered is Louisville, who has assistant Tony Alford leading up Byrd's recruitment. "He's cool," Byrd said of Alford. "He's just telling me they want me at Louisville. I'm thinking really hard about going to Louisville. They have a good program, and they are recruiting me real hard."

Byrd, who said he plans on using one of his official visits to see U of L, had the following to say about the Cardinals: "I like their football program. And I like that their football team won the bowl game, their baseball team made the college world series, and their basketball team is real good, so they're all around good up there."

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