Woodside DE Breyden Byrd (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Woodside edge rusher Breyden Byrd serves the perfect birthday gift to his mother in notching a New Hampshire offer
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Tough times don’t last.
However, tough people do.
COVID-19 has forced many to think outside of the box in terms of recruiting exposure with most of the region finding a great deal of success.
Lump Woodside starting defensive end Breyden Byrd (2021 DE 6-3 245) into the conversation when discussing those that are making the most of their opportunities while grasping onto limited resources.
The Woodside product was able to secure his 20th collegiate offer two weeks ago from VMI by way of Scott Wachenheim. However, on Monday afternoon; Byrd added to his recruiting fortune by securing yet another offer this one coming from the University of New Hampshire. The day had a dual meaning as he also celebrated the birthday of his mother.
“It’s a blessing and I always thank God first,” Byrd told recruit757. “It was also my mother’s birthday so that’s also a great birthday gift. It’s still a blessing to have offers and for them to pull the trigger on me.”
New Hampshire is a far cry in comparison to that of Hampton Roads and is a 12-hour hike with the most strenuous portion merging you onto US-13 crossing through the home of the Terrapins.
Be that as it may, the University of New Hampshire isn’t a program that’s completely foreign to Byrd and his family. The Woodside product has a cousin that played at the University of Richmond and he would accompany his family to watch his cousin play. Richmond is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association and so are the Wildcats. It’s a rivalry that Byrd has been privy to at least once growing up in his life thus far and now he has a chance to be apart of it.
Nevertheless, New Hampshire has shown up fashionably late as 20 other collegiate programs have already started to whisper into Byrd’s ear including Chesapeake native Darryl Tapp for Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech. Virginia, East Carolina, and Temple among others have also been in touch with Byrd within the last few months.
His body continues to serve as the temple alongside his academic dexterity and positive attitude that has lured collegiate programs into taking a chance.
Governor Ralph Northam’s most recent executive order still bans inside gyms from being open as well as groups of 10 or more people congregating in any given area. This has put a strangle hold on his ability to link up with a great deal of his Woodside teammates. However, it’s also given Byrd the opportunity to lead from afar.
“I’ve definitely been working out, running the bleachers, running miles, and doing field work,” Byrd explained. “I’ve been trying to take the initiative as one of the team leaders to call my teammates to see what they’re doing,” Byrd stated.
Byrd continued: “We have group Facetimes set up and I want to see what they’re doing at different times. If you’re at home playing the game get up and be active because right now, we have the time to do that. Everything happens for a reason and right now we’re fortunate to have a little more time to ourselves.
– Brandon Mitchell