Recruit Spotlight: OT/DT Jared Byrd, Alexandria High School, Class of 2018
by Camille Amadeo
If you are a quarterback, Jared Byrd is the man you want and need as your left tackle. You can count on Jared Byrd to protect your blind side every single time. At 6’1 and 248 pounds, Jared Byrd is built to protect Trojans’ quarterback Ben Hesni. As a sophomore, Byrd was recognized as an All-District offensive lineman in 2015. The next year, as a junior, he was named 2nd team All-District. Byrd kicked off his season against Holy Savior Menard High School by intercepting a pass, running it back for a touchdown and snapping the ball for the extra point afterward. Louisiana Football Magazine’s recruit expert Lee Brecheen likes the potential of the senior two way player.
“Jared Byrd is one of four potential All-District linemen returning this season for the Trojans,” Brecheen said. “Jared is a young talented player that will be a key player on the Trojan defensive front.”
Over the summer, Northwestern State offered Jared Byrd a chance to play at the next level. Northwestern State recognized his potential after witnessing his brute strength and excellent ability to push the defensive lineman. However, he has not accepted their offer as he hopes to keep improving throughout the season and receive more offers. The Trojans had a rough start but have restarted the season with two straight wins. The Alexandria football team has an away conference game at Natchitoches Central on Friday, October 6 at 7 P.M. In today’s recruit spotlight, we caught up with the senior Alexandria OT/DT as he talked about the start to the season, being offered by Northwestern State, his biggest accomplishments over his career, and so much more!
LAFM: What is your name, age, position, and school you played for?
Jared Byrd, 18, DT/OL, Alexandria High School
LAFM: What is your height and weight?
LAFM: What is your max bench press, max squat, and 40 yard time?
Bench press: 335; Max squat: 500; 40: 4.7
LAFM: What are the biggest strengths to your game?
My physicality, strength, speed, having great techniques, and doing my assignments are my biggest strengths.
LAFM: What is your favorite position to play and why?
My favorite position to play on the field is outside linebacker controlling the line of scrimmage and making big plays, but I like offensive line the best because you are taking people’s will and just putting them in the dirt all night long.
LAFM: What were your most memorable accomplishments while at Alexandria High School?
My most memorable accomplishment playing for Alexandria Senior High was the interception against Menard when they threw a bubble and I followed block out there and made an interception for 78 yards.
LAFM: What is an interesting fact about yourself you would like our readers to know about?
I’m the third Byrd to play at ASH wearing the number 79 hoping to follow their footsteps playing at the next level as my Dad and Uncle did.
LAFM: The Trojans lost in the first round of playoffs against Acadiana by a score of 52-0. What are your thoughts on how the end of the season turned out as well as what improvements should be made for this year’s season?
It wasn’t how we were hoping it was going to end, but we used that game as a motivation for us because we know we don’t want that taste in our mouths again. We’re going grind so we don’t have to go through that again.
LAFM: You have played against a lot of great players over your career. Who is the best one you played against and why?
One of the best players I have gone against is from West Monroe not sure his number or name.
LAFM: What are some things that you have picked up from Coach Bachman that has helped you in your game today?
Being a leader as a player with your actions on how you do things. It has helped me become a leader and show the younger guys what’s right!
LAFM: What is your advice for next year’s Trojans football team?
My advice would be to keep grinding day in and day out. They have the best coaching staff in the state that gives their all every day. Don’t stop until ASH is on top.
LAFM: Have you received any offers to play as a college athlete? What college offers are you considering?
I have an offer from Northwestern State University that I’m very thankful for. There are others schools looking at me but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. At this point, I don’t have any clue where I will be attending.
LAFM: What do you think you need to improve on if you decide to keep playing football at the next level?
I have to keep getting stronger day by day, keep gaining weight, but also keeping my speed up when gaining the weight.
LAFM: Who is the college or NFL player that you like to model your game after and why?
JJ Watt (Wisconsin/Houston Texans) is a NFL player that I would like to model my game after because he is a very physical, nasty player and knows what it takes to be great on and off of the field .
LAFM: Who are some of the people that you like to thank for putting you in the position that you are in today?
I would like to thank my Mom and my Dad for everything they have done for me. They have always been involved in my sports in anything I wanted to do! I would just like to thank them for making me the man I am today and supporting me! Also, I would like to give a shout out to my Aunt Debbie, who has played a big roll in my life! Thank y’all! I love y’all!
Camille Amadeo is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico but has lived in the town of Madisonville, Louisiana since high school where she attended St. Scholastica Academy. Camille attends Louisiana State University pursuing a major in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. While at LSU, Camille has participated in different positions surrounding sports. During the fall semester of her sophomore year, Camille had the chance to attend the press box for the LSU football games where she helped report the radio advertisements in Spanish for KGLA radio station and also reported the scores for the other college football games going on at that time. Camille joined the LA Football Magazine team in summer for her school internship.
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