Florida picks up a 2016 commitment

Will Muschamp’s football camp saw a slew of talented players come through Gainesville. The coaching staff extended scholarship offers to several players and received verbal commitments from a couple others while camp was still ongoing.

Despite only being a sophomore in high school, one player who was extended an offer decided to pull the trigger. Tyler Byrd, an athlete form Naples High School, attended camp last Saturday and received his first official scholarship offer from the Gators. It took Byrd less than a week to jump at his first opportunity and verbally commit to Florida.

Byrd is a two-way player on the football field, playing both wide receiver and cornerback. He said that the coaching staff wasn’t as interested in what he did on the field, as much as how he impressed them with the way he carries himself off of the football field.

“They said I performed pretty well and stuff,” Byrd said. “They said they watched me on video and stuff and then they saw me at camp. They weren’t into what I could do on the field, it was how I carried myself off the field and things off the field, character and stuff like that.”

Byrd also runs track and that’s something that he would like to continue doing in college.

“I actually took that into consideration and thought about it,” Byrd told GatorCountry.com. “I do want to run track and play football for Florida.”

After impressing the coaching staff at camp, Byrd got a tour of the facilities.

“Yes, they showed me through the weight room, locker room and just different stuff like the trainers’ room and some meeting rooms,” Byrd said.

While Byrd had 17 catches for 451 yards and 9 total touchdowns on offense, he thinks that the coaching staff is looking at him to play defense. He says he doesn’t have a preference between playing offense or defense in college.

“I don’t have a preference,” Byrd said. “It’s just wherever they need me at.”

Despite committing so early, Byrd believes that Florida is the school he will end up at.

“It’s a childhood school; I watched greats come up from Florida. I just wanted to be a part of the Gator Nation.”












Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC