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Byrd makes commitment to Tulane

One of the fastest-rising linebacker prospects in the state of Florida for the Class of 2010 has found a home for the future.

Kerchal Byrd Jr., a 6-1, 220-pounder from Palmetto High near Bradenton verbally committed to play college football at Tulane University.

Last season, Byrd helped anchor a strong Tigers defense, totaling 39 tackles, 14.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss.

He had the opportunity for colleges to keep an eye on his progress when they came to see defensive end Kedric Johnson, who will play for the University of Florida this fall.

"When I had the chance to watch Palmetto, Kerchal was one of the players I wrote down as an athlete for the watch list," said Corey Long of Friday Night Football Florida Magazine. "This is a program that had a number of talented football players for the present and the future who were flying way under the radar screen.

It was no surprise that Byrd chose an academic-oriented program like Tulane, which also received a verbal commitment from Miami Gulliver Prep quarterback Michael Strauss earlier in the summer. His 3.8 grade point average had schools such as Stanford, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky watching his progress as well.

Byrd told the Bradenton Herald that with his verbal commitment behind him, he can focus on the upcoming season and be fully committed to making a return to the state playoffs.

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