It appears Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has its next big-time signal caller.
“Excited to be continuing my academic and football career at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College,” he tweeted. “Can’t wait to get to work on winning a National Championship!”
Byrd announced his intention to leave UNC on Dec. 13.
“I can’t thank the Coaching Staff at UNC enough for the experience I’ve gained during the past 2 years,” he tweeted. “Excited to be looking ahead to my next academic and football opportunity!”
According to the Charlotte Observer, Byrd was a highly touted prep quarterback out of Georgia, but after redshirting last year he got caught up in a log jam at the position in 2017 and never saw action.
247Sports.com considered the 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback as a three-star recruit, ranked as the 17th-best pro-style passer in the 2016 signing class. Byrd ultimately signed with the Tar Heels over offers from Arkansas, Duke, Kentucky, Minnesota, Pitt, West Virginia and others.
As a three-year starter at Veterans High in Warner Robins, Georgia, Byrd threw for 3,902 yards and 27 touchdowns, while rushing for almost 1,800 yards.
MGCCC has done well utilizing former D1 quarterbacks in the past, including A.J. Erdely (Middle Tennessee), Kalen Whitlow (Western Carolina) and most recently Torrance Gibson (Ohio State); although Resurrection product Larry Sisson eventually beat out the latter two to finish the year at QB. Erdely ended up signing with UAB and Whitlow recently landed at Grambling State. Although he enrolled at MGCCC as a prep standout, former Bulldog QB Jason Smith signed Auburn, where he played receiver and defensive back.
It will likely change on signing day next month, but the Bulldogs currently do not have another QB on their roster for the 2018 season.
The school confirmed Byrd has already enrolled in classes at MGCCC.