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While Sterling Heights (MI) Henry Ford 2021 quarterback Josh Byers doesn’t hold any offers yet, the 6-foot-1, 165-pound signal caller may be on the verge of seeing his recruitment heat up as he’s received plenty of interest from several MAC schools and has been in contact with Michigan State as well.
Byers, who will be took part in Michigan State’s elite camp on June 15th, talked to Spartan Nation about the mutual interest between himself and the Spartans and said that a potential offer from the Spartans would be a big deal for him considering he’s been a Michigan State fan throughout his childhood.
“I’ve been a Spartan fan my whole life, I feel like since I was born,” he said. “I went to many games throughout my childhood, the ‘Little Giants’ game against Notre Dame was probably the most memorable one.”
In his communications, albeit limited because he’s still an underclassman, with Michigan State, Byers said that he’s had the opportunity to develop a relationship with offensive coordinator Brad Salem, who Byers has gotten to know for quite a while, dating back to the youth camps he used to attend at Michigan State.
“I think it’s really strong, I’ve known him since I started going to youth camps at Michigan State, so I’ve always had kind of a relationship with him,” he said. “But as the years have gone on, it’s gotten stronger and it’s gotten better and better.”
When he’s had the chance to talk with Salem, Byers said that he’s been told that as long as he continues putting in the work and making the strides he’s made at the high school level, the offers, which may include one from the Spartans, will start pouring in.
“Just keep up the good work and eventually I will hopefully, maybe get that offer I’m looking for,” he said. “Just keep doing what I’m doing and the offers will start to come in.”
Coming off of a strong performance at the Best of the Midwest, Byers now heads into an important summer for his recruitment as strong performances during camp season could catapult his recruitment ahead of his junior season at the high school level.
As he continues to hear from colleges, Byers said that he’s been told that coaches like his accuracy when throwing the ball, but are still looking for improved arm strength on throws down the field, which Byers said he feels he is continuing to improve on throughout the offseason.
“A lot of them like my accuracy and my decision making,” he said. “They mostly just say to quicken up your footwork and I have to get my arm stronger and start making those throws down the field, which I’ve recently getting pretty good at.”
In addition to his accuracy and decision making, Byers told Spartan Nation that he feels his athleticism and ability to throw on the run are also strengths of his, while adding that he feels he’s becoming more and more comfortable at making throws from the pocket.
“I think I’m good at making smart decisions, I think I’m sneaky athletic,” he said. “I don’t run the ball enough, but when I do, I’m fast enough and quick enough to get out of the pocket. I think I’m a really strong thrower on the run and I’m just now getting good at throwing in the pocket and being comfortable with deeper throws down the field.”
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