Will a strong relationship result in another pledge for Tennessee? That may be what is happening between a Vols commit and his high school teammate.
“We’ve gotten so close I think I can read his mind,” cornerback Tyler Byrd from Naples (Fla.) High School stated via direct message when asked about his close friend, running back Carlin Fils-Aime.
If telepathy between the two is really ongoing, then Byrd — a Miami commit — knows how strongly Fils-Aime favors Tennessee. The four-star prospect has been committed to the Vols since July. Byrd, a 6-foot, 194-pound cornerback, is scheduled to take an official visit to Tennessee on Jan. 29, partly at the behest of Fils-Aime. However, Byrd said that friendship won’t be the final factor in his decision.
“It will affect it, but at the end of the day I have to go where it’s best for me,” said Byrd, who pledged to the ‘Canes on Feb. 3, 2015 after initially committing to Florida.
Things have certainly changed at Miami. The Hurricanes have gone through a coaching change and Byrd’s primary recruiter, former Miami interim head coach Larry Scott, is now an assistant coach at Tennessee. When asked to describe his commitment to the Hurricanes, Byrd said, “I am a strong commit, but will go to Tennessee to visit.”
The Vols have precious few spots remaining to fill in the 2016 class. However, Byrd would certainly be welcome.
“I like the coach staff a lot even though I haven’t talked to them much,” Byrd wrote. “The way my brother (Fils-aime) expresses his feeling toward them and how well they treat him. But not until after my official will I know how much I like them as a school and is it a place I want to spend three or four years.”
Byrd is the No. 10 cornerback in the nation and the No. 15 overall prospect in Florida.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.