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OSU, U-M in Jimmy Byrne's top three

8/17/2012

Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) is going to wait until the end of his junior season before he commits, but Ohio State and Michigan are definitely on his radar.

In fact, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive tackle has the Buckeyes and Wolverines in his top three at this point and wants to make a decision before next summer.

Notre Dame is the third school. Michigan has yet to offer the 2014 recruit.

“I’m not saying another school can’t jump in and impress me, but those three stick out,” Byrne said. “I can hold on. I want to wait until after the season. I’m just trying to focus on right now and then go to a couple of spring games and be good to go from there.

“I wouldn’t say one sticks out right now more than the other. I’m looking at academics as well. That’s most important.”

Here’s what Byrne had to say about all three:

Ohio State: “Obviously, Urban Meyer and the new staff are great. I was really impressed with them. They said they would recruit me hard and keep looking at me.”

Michigan: “It’s just a great program overall. The academics are another thing, and the coaching staff.”

Notre Dame: Coach [Harry] Hiestand, the offensive line coach, is who I was really impressed with. It’s hard to beat them academically.”

Byrne currently has offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Ohio State.