Arizona Wildcats football: Cats get commitment from junior college safety

2013-08-02T11:02:00Z 2013-08-02T16:01:42Z Arizona Wildcats football: Cats get commitment from junior college safetyDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 02, 2013 11:02 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats' busy recruiting week continues.

The UA landed their eighth commitment since Saturday this morning when Iowa Western Community College safety Jamie Byrd pledged to the Wildcats. Byrd spent the first two years of his college career at TCU.

Byrd is the fifth junior college player to commit to the UA for 2014 and 22nd commitment overall. The safety is expected to graduate in December and then have two seasons of eligibility remaining at the UA.

"Arizona was one of the first placed I was talking about going once I left TCU," Byrd said today after committing. "We made it happen. It was something I really couldn't turn down."

He was a standout at Pasco High School in Dade City, Fla., and committed to TCU. Byrd redshirted in 2011 and then played in 12 games last season for the Horned Frogs--mostly on special teams.

Following the season, Byrd decided to transfer to Iowa Western, where he will play this upcoming year. Byrd chose the Wildcats over offers from Illinois, Middle Tennessee and Georgia State. He's rated as a two-star recruit by the recruiting service and a three-star by

"I'm so excited, I want to be there already," Byrd said. "I'll finish up at my junior college this season and then get to Arizona and start working out."

Out of high school, Byrd, who has yet to visit Tucson, but will this season, had offers from Purdue, Boise State and Iowa State before committing to TCU.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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