Monday, January 22, 2007

JUCO WR Demetrius Boyd Commits to LSU

Junior college All-American wide receiver Demetrius Byrd opted for loyalty over another week on the recruiting trail.
That trail officially came to an end for Byrd, who committed to LSU while on his official visit this weekend.
“I started thinking and looking at all the pros and cons,” Byrd said. “I looked at what was best for me and in my mind LSU came out on top. They recruited me the longest and the hardest from the beginning and (LSU assistant) coach (Todd) Monken is someone I wanted to play for. I thought why not go with somebody who showed they wanted me from the start.”
The addition of the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Byrd, a native of Miami with 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash, increased LSU’s commitment total to 24 with two weekends remaining in the recruiting process. He also gave an added boost to the Tigers wide receivers corps that already features commitments from DeAngelo Benton of Bastrop, Toddrick Bajoie of Catholic-Pointe Coupee and Ron Brooks of Irving, Texas.
“I just felt it was a great opportunity to go in and play,” said Byrd, noting the graduation of LSU standouts Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis. “It’s a great opportunity for me to go and play with a great player like (returning senior) Early Doucet and also a great defense that’s coming back.”
Byrd chose LSU after making an official visit to Houston. He plans to cancel a remaining trip to Florida State. He also drew scholarship offers from Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Iowa State.
“I’m not going to go to Florida State now,” Byrd said. “There’s no need to do that if I’ve already made my decision. I’m going to keep my word.”
Byrd played just one year at the high school level — his senior season at Miami-Central. He signed with Florida International, but opted to enroll in Pearl River (Miss.) Community College instead.
Byrd started for two years at Pearl River, helping that school to back-to-back Mississippi state junior college championships. He combined to catch 87 balls for 1,433 yards and 12 touchdowns during his career, earning first team All-American junior college honors this past season.
Pearl River finished 10-2 and ranked second nationally after advancing to the national junior college championship game where it fell to Blinn (Texas) Community College.
Byrd — ranked No. 48 nationally among’s Top 100 junior college prospects — is scheduled to graduate from Pearl River in May.

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