Before North Augusta WR/FS C.J. Byrd left for the prom this past Saturday afternoon, he
was stopped by the mailman: It was a package with a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.
It was offer No. 24 for the player nicknamed "Big Byrd." He has been told
that he is a strong candidate to be the nation's top prospect by several media outlets.
"My coaches told me a couple of months ago that Notre Dame had called about me
and requested a transcript, but I had no idea an offer was on the way," Byrd said.
"Notre Dame caught me by surprise, that is for sure.
Did Big Byrd have his prom plans distracted by offer?
"Yes, I was distracted by offer, but it was a good distraction," Byrd said
with a laugh. "I mean, this was Notre Dame. Besides, I made it to everything on time
Big Byrd's 24 offers are from Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn,
Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, Penn State, Michigan, Ole
Miss, Vanderbilt, Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Illinois, Notre
Dame, Kentucky and Oklahoma.
"Notre Dame goes after only the cream of the crop," North Augusta coach Joe
Long said. "We knew they were interested, but we had no idea when they were going to
make a move. They requested a film a while back and we hadn't caught up with
everything else to follow up yet to see what they had thought.
"We are excited that Notre Dame thinks so highly of C.J. to offer him this early.
It's a great honor for any high school player. They traditionally only go after the USA's
top players, so if Notre Dame wants you -- especially this early -- it further solidifies
you as one of the nation's top prospects."