North Augusta Athlete Has 23 Offers

North Augusta's C.J. Byrd and Conway's Eric Huggins are two of the nation's most
heavily recruited players:
On Thursday, SCVarsity reported that Huggins has 23 offers, with the latest being from
Arkansas; On Friday, the player nicknamed "Big Byrd" also got offer No. 23 --
this one from the University of Michigan.
"Eric is a great player and he definitely deserves everything he is getting,"
Byrd said. "I had the chance to meet him at Clemson last month. I haven't seen his
film yet on, but I heard it was good.
"There have been some people who say that Eric and I are in some type of
'competition' to see who can get the most scholarship offers. I laugh when I hear that.
Nothing can be further from the truth from my standpoint, and I am sure Eric feels the
same way. That's just silly.
"I am very happy when I hear about guys like Eric, his teammate (Hivera Green),
Rendrick Taylor and Mike Davis get more offers each week. It only makes our state look
better. We have some great high school football in South Carolina and it doesn't always
get its due."
"Big Byrd's" offer from Michigan continues the Big Ten's big presence at
North Augusta, which has had a player sign with a conference school each of the last three
years: Richie Williams (Iowa) in 2002, Frayne Abernathy (Northwestern) in 2003 and Andre
Young (Illinois) this past February.
"Michigan has a great tradition, great academics and probably the best-looking
helmets in college football," Byrd said. "It would be fun to go to a college
where I could play against a lot of my high school buddies. We've got them spread all over
the place."
"Big Byrd's" other offers are from Florida State, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma,
Georgia, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia Tech,
Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Illinois, Ole Miss, Penn State, Vanderbilt,
Kentucky and South Carolina.
For the first time in five weeks, "Big Byrd" will not be visiting a college
this weekend. He is going to the prom at North Augusta.