Byrd is the word, folks.
BYRD. IS. THE. WORD.
Iowa picked up a late addition to their 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday when Shadrick Byrd, an Alabama running back prospect, pledged to Iowa.
Byrd chose Iowa over listed offers from several other Power 5 programs, including Duke, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Louisville, as well as Group of 5 offers from the likes of Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Arkansas State. But Byrd, a 3* prospect via Rivals and 247, chose Iowa and the Big Ten due to the connection he felt with Derrick Foster, a fellow Alabama native and Iowa's running backs coach.
At 5'10" and 210 lbs, Byrd is bigger than Iowa's other RB commit in this class (Tyler Goodson), but he's hardly a "big" back -- you're not going confuse him with P.J. Hill, John Clay, or Marcus Coker. He actually has the same measurements as Iowa's current top running back, Mekhi Sargent, and I can see a bit of Sargent's game in Byrd's highlights:
Byrd is a little bit quicker than he looks at first glance and is very good in the open field. He's also a patient runner who seems to read his blocks well and hit holes at the right time. And he displays some solid pass-catching ability, too. Byrd looks like an intriguing -- and welcome -- addition to Iowa's running back room.
Welcome to Iowa, Mr. Byrd.