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June 20, 2013
This past weekend Naples (Fla.) 2016 athlete Tyler Byrd picked up his first scholarship offer when his childhood favorite Florida extended a verbal offer. Now, fast forward a few days to Thursday and Byrd, who still has 32 months before he will sign his Letter of Intent, has already made up his mind and decided to pledge his early commitment to the Orange and Blue.
"They offered me this past Saturday after one of their camps and then a couple days passed and I talked to my head coach of my high school and then decided to commit," explained Bryd. "My coach called the University of Florida and told them."
Getting the offer from the Gators was too much for this 6-foot, 190-pounder to pass up.
"It is a positive school always and one that I grew up liking them. They brought up Tim Tebow, Chris Rainey and Percy Harvin in the last few years. They are a great team. I like that family atmosphere."
Byrd also really likes the current coaches on staff at UF.
"They are great and have such high intensity. I can tell in the weight room that things are business and make you want to work."
With things still being early in the process, Byrd admitted he might still check out a few other colleges and not completely shut down the process.
"I probably will, but I am not sure," was Bryd's reply when asked about the potential of taking other visits.
Byrd is a phenomenal athlete who plays both wide receiver and cornerback for Naples as well as running track. Byrd said he believes the Gators are looking at him on the defensive side of the ball.