Caring is Creepy 2019: Have a Seat, Shadrick Byrd

By RossWB on December 19, 2018 at 11:26 am
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Byrd is the word, folks.

BYRD. IS. THE. WORD. 

Ahem. 

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. 

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