How Wake Forest wooed Byrd

While most of Wake Forest’s football recruiting was without drama this year, the Deacons did land two players in the final days.

The big name was Arkeem Byrd, ranked as a three-star athlete, who didn’t commit until after 9 a.m. on Signing Day. The Deacons didn’t get heavily involved with Byrd until the final month, getting a visit in January, and Byrd said that he didn’t make his decision until that final morning.

Byrd (6-1, 190 pounds; 4.46 40) was recruited by Georgia Tech, Missouri, Louisville, Cincinnati, Minnesota and others. The key was that most of those schools…