As a junior, safety Hatari Byrd out of Fresno (Calif.) Central is already a four-star and a part of the Scout 100 for the 2013 Class, along with long time friend and teammate L.J. Moore.
“My main goals are to graduate from high school, to get to go to a Pac-12 school to play football, and to graduate with a degree in Business. And then to make it all the way to the NFL,” said Byrd.
Byrd heads into his junior season with two offers from Arizona State and Eastern Michigan.
“Arizona State was the first school to offer me, which is making them standout right now. I checked out their campus online and it looked pretty nice,” said Byrd.
Over the summer Byrd attended numerous camps and combines, and his performances over the summer are what started the recruiting process for him.
Since then, Byrd has been getting attention from top programs all over the country.
“I have been hearing from USC, UCLA, Arizona, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Alabama, Miami and California,” said Byrd.
Though is seems like Byrd may end up with the option to play in any conference of his choice, Byrd says, “I have always wanted to play Pac-12 football ever since I was a little kid. It’s really competitive, plus I want it to be easy for my family and friends to watch me play and watch me on TV.”
Byrd discussed the Pac-12 programs that are starting to standout.
“I would say USC, UCLA, Cal and Arizona State,” said Byrd. “Coaches from USC and Cal came to my school last year to watch me play, and also both invited me to their camps last summer, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it to either. I am hoping to get invited again this summer. UCLA has been sending letters and their program seems pretty cool.”
At this point, Byrd is not planning on making an early commitment to a school. He would like to take his time and make sure he finds exactly what he is looking for in a football program.
“My coach told me to wait it out and see what happens,” said Byrd. “I know I am looking for a school that has my major, and can help me get my degree, and also help me play football.”
Byrd described the highlight of his season so far and his love for defense, “ In our first game of the season I broke the running back’s arm, on the other team. I was really proud of that.”
“Safety is my favorite position; I just love hitting out there on the field. I like catching the ball too, but the crowd definitely seems to get more pumped up when I make a big hit,” said Byrd.