Byrd In Hand: Florida Gators Land Big Tight End


The Florida Gators continued their string of recruiting commitments on Saturday as Millbrook (AL) tight end Zechariah Byrd gave his verbal pledge to head coach Jim McElwain and company.

The now familiar Gator bat signal that coach uses when the Gators pick up a commitment.  

Byrd becomes the second tight end in this Gators class along with Miami (FL) TE Kemore Gamble.

At 6-6 243, Byrd is a huge target with a long, lean frame. And he’s not done growing yet pushing 6-7 according to his high school coach. He has a solid frame to pack on muscle and more weight by the time he gets to campus.

More of a basketball player before high school, he’s worked hard to bulk up and refine his skills and it has paid off.

“In the ninth grade, I told him you’ve got this great length,” high school head coach Jeff Foshee was quoted in an AL.com story by Drew Champlin. “You can’t coach that. I don’t know how much he believed me. Nothing’s been given to him, but he’s stepped his game up once he figured out this was going to work for him.”

“He’s figured out that, now, No. 1, I’m a football player,” Foshee added. “He was thinking basketball, which is fine and they can play anything they want, but he’s now getting a lot of attention as a football player.”

Besides being a huge target, Byrd is athletic, has great hands, and is a devastating blocker out on the edge and in the open field.

The Gators were looking to take two tight ends in this class and they honed in on Byrd this spring after taking Gamble’s commitment.

Byrd picked the Gators over the home state Crimson Tide, Michigan, and others.

The Gators have been on a little run of late picking up their fourth commitment since their Friday Night Lights camp a couple weeks ago.

He’s also the Gators fourteenth commitment overall in the 2017 cycle. 

Check out his highlights here

The Gators are hoping their recruiting success continues on with a few more expected commitments before the end of August.

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