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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.
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.