Joseph Byrd is the type of player that Baker can build the rest of the team around. The talented RB/DB recently ran a 4.41 at the Under Armour Combine in Orlando. Byrd suffered an ankle injury early in his junior year and never quite got to 100%, but he is primed for a big senior campaign and should be the focal point of the offense. He has elite speed, burst, and tremendous feet, all qualities that project well to the next level. On defense, he has the physicality and hips that colleges covet in their secondary. Byrd has a GPA over 3.0.
Another two-way player is Jonathan Garcia. The 6'4, 230 pounder is a TE/DE and loves contact. He displays great blocking ability, soft hands, and a good feel in the passing game. On defense, it is the non-stop motor that catches your eye. He simply never gives up and is constantly making plays sideline to sideline. At the Under Armour Combine Garcia had a 4.53 shuttle, 27.5 vertical, and a 8-1.5 broad jump, real solid numbers for a big guy. Garcia displays a high game IQ in identifying the play and finding the ball. That intelligence also translates to the classroom where he is listed with a 3.9 GPA.
Andrew Haynes had 81 tackles and 3 interceptions as a junior. He is a coach's dream in the secondary, he is rarely caught out of position and does not miss tackles. He is not afraid to mix it up and plays well in space. Haynes flashed the ability to come off the edge in blitz packages. He is also an absolute terror on special teams, one of the best in the area. He was the defensive player of the week three times for the Bulldog's.
Another 2010 prospect to keep an eye on is Byron Marcelus. His best days are way ahead of him. Marcelus can play on either line and has the natural size that projects to the next level. Offensive guard or perhaps defensive tackle is where his future is and this will be a big Summer and Fall for this talented big man.
A couple of 2011 athletes to keep an eye on are Sean Francis and Darryl Gary. Francis played QB and had a solid sophomore campaign with over 500 yards passing and 235 rushing. He is a good athlete and plenty of upside physically as he develops. Gary has the potential to be a special player down the road. A natural athlete with tools, he should be a bigger part of the offense in 2009.