UF picks up verbal commit for 2016

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.

Florida coach Will Muschamp is always looking ahead, whether it be for potential coaching hires or future football prospects.

He got an early start on his 2016 recruiting class Thursday when Naples High School receiver/cornerback Tyler Byrd gave his verbal commitment to the Gators as an athlete.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder earned an offer from Muschamp on Saturday after camping at UF.

“Once I got the opportunity to play for them, I didn't need to waste any time,” the 16-year-old said.

“They're my childhood team. So I called (Florida defensive coordinator) D.J. Durkin, the person who recruits my area, and he put me on the phone with coach Muschamp. He told me he's excited for me to be a Gator.”

With three years of high school still left to play and his recruiting process just beginning, Byrd will inevitably receive more interest and scholarship offers down the road. And although he may check out some other schools, Byrd doesn't plan on changing his mind.

“I might look around just a little,” he said, “but I'm definitely on board with Florida 100 percent.”

Byrd rushed eight times for 103 yards, and caught 17 passes for 451 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He also starred in track as a long jumper.

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