Houston County has a long and storied history of sending standout high school football players on to play at the collegiate level, but the area has always seemed to lag behind when it comes to producing Division I quarterbacks.
Northside High Schools Chansi Stuckey and Perry High Schools Casey Hayward both found tremendous success as high school signal callers, but each of them changed positions in college before moving on to careers in the NFL.
Veterans High School star Logan Byrd is set to change all of that. The sophomore is one of the most highly regarded quarterback prospects in the South, and college coaches have taken notice.
Byrd has already collected a total of six scholarship offers from the likes of Duke, Illinois, North Carolina State, Marshall, UNC-Charlotte and Mercer.
I got the first offer, and its just kind of been downhill from there, Byrd said. Hopefully, there will be more quarterbacks to come out of here, but Im definitely honored to be kind of like the first one. Its a really special privilege.
Schools such as Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Oklahoma have also been in heavy contact, and Byrd took some time out last week to visit the Bulldogs.
I went into the quarterback meeting with coach (Mike) Bobo and got to know the guys like Faton (Bauta), Brice (Ramsey) and all of them, Byrd said. Coach (Mark) Richts son, Jon, took me around practice, showed me some of the playbook and just how practice really goes. It was fun. I really liked it.
The job that head coach David Bruce has done in building the Veterans program from scratch has been nothing short of remarkable, and his quarterback has certainly sped up the timetable to success. Byrd led the Warhawks to their first playoff appearance in school history this past year, and he has big plans for his junior season as well.
I really want to make it back to the playoffs next year and win the region, Byrd said. I know we can do it. We have guys that are going to step up to the challenge, and we should be good.
For now, Byrd is making the rounds on the recruiting circuit and trying to open as many doors as he can, but the attention clearly hasnt gone to his head. Byrd intends to make sure that never happens.
You just have to keep yourself level-headed and focused, Byrd said. You have to keep working hard.
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