It's never too early to take a verbal commitment from one of the top players in your own state. …
"That is my first offer and it makes me feel great," he said. "I came up to compete and get on their radar but to get offered is a blessing."
Florida evidently did a lot of homework on Byrd who is in the recruiting area of ace recruiter and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin. How much can be out there on a guy in the ninth grade is questionable though.
"They liked that when they asked around they got all positive feedback and then for me to compete and get reps showed I wanted to work," Byrd said.
Byrd is still in Gainesville for the night with his mother and the two got the office visit with Florida head coach Will Muschamp to seal the deal. He said Muschamp liked that what he saw on film is what he got in the practice sessions of camp as well.
"He liked that he saw me on film and then to see me go out and do what I do on film," Byrd said of Muschamp's praise of him.
Byrd is heading home now and no further camp stops are on the agenda. With the offer he really wanted in hand , his mom seems to like what happened as well today.
"She likes it and is on board for me going to the University of Florida," he said before commenting if there is a chance he could commit sometime soon. "Hopefully."