Things started slow, but by December the ball was rolling. Byrd and his parents didn’t know how the recruiting game was played, however, so they leaned on family friends, like former high school basketball coach Vic Butler, and professional recruiting services, like Redzone Recruits, to get the word out.
“It started with him getting selected to the all-star team (in December),” Rosado said. “That really opened up the door for everything. From there, a lot of schools were calling,”
Byrd’s pursuit of a college scholarship started too late in the process to attract any offers in time for National Signing Day on Feb. 1, but the persistence of him, his family, his coaches and the professionals at Redzone Recruits eventually earned him the scholarship he coveted.
“We were driving somewhere, I think San Antonio or Houston, and then our recruiter called from Redzone and told my dad (I’d gotten a scholarship offer),” Byrd said. “I was excited. I was just smiling. Somebody was actually looking at me (to play college football), it felt great.”
“It’s quite an example for our younger kids coming up to always keep that dream and keep that hope and to work hard,” Sanchez said. “Good things come of it.” (full story)