It’s shopping season, and Jordan Byrd, like so many high school football players, is taking on a dual role: merchandise and consumer.
It was about this time last year when Los Lunas tailback O’maury Samuels ascended, almost meteorically, from promising regional prospect to the list of must-have national recruits.
The 2017 cycle is in full bloom, and Manzano High School’s Byrd, the state’s two-time defending state champion in the 100-meter dash, is fully immersed. Earlier this month, the junior attended Nike Football’s The Opening regional combine in Dallas. It’s a major step in the ongoing courtship for some athletes, and perhaps a first step in a recruitment by others.
To wit: New Mexico and San Diego State had already extended scholarship offers before Dallas. After, Byrd said, Texas Tech and Utah offered.