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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Gators land first 2016 commit

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida received it's first 2016 verbal commitment on Thursday as Naples (Fla.) High School athlete Tyler Byrd verbally committed to head coach Will Muschamp.

Tyler Byrd
Naples, Fla., wide receiver Tyler Byrd committed to Florida after attending summer camp on campus last week.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete totaled 451 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman.

"Florida was my childhood favorite team," Byrd said. "So I grew up watching them all the time. Then I went up there and the campus was really nice and so were the coaches. I just knew that once I got an opportunity to play for the Gators, I didn't need to waste any time."

Byrd said the Florida coaches were excited to learn of his commitment.

"Coach [D.J.] Durkin is recruiting me, so I called him and he put me on the phone with Muschamp," Byrd said. "They were excited when I told them."

Byrd said Florida fans can rest easy about his commitment to the Gators.

"I mean, I might see a few other schools," he said, "but Florida is the school I grew up liking and that's where I want to go."

Florida has no 2015 commits, while Byrd is the first for 2016.