The 6’0, 175-pound Byrd joins three other cornerback commitments in the Class of 2019, but his skill set shows an ability to play multiple roles. With quite the knack for zone coverage and ball hawking, Byrd could easily transition to a safety position. Byrd could also follow in the steps of Will Likely and take snaps on both sides of the ball, as he played wide receiver for two seasons in high school before making a switch to defensive back as a junior.
Cory Robinson, who recently joined Mike Locksley’s staff as a defensive backs coach, led the recruiting efforts for Byrd. The Terrapins entered the race late, but were able to snag a commitment despite original indications that Colorado was Byrd’s favorite.
Byrd is the 13th commitment for Maryland’s 2019 class, and the second to come in the new year after JuCo defensive end Sam Okuayinonu pledged his commitment. The Terrapins’ staff seems hard at work trying to secure commitments as signing day is just over a week away.