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Bruins make Byrd a priority

Fresno (Calif.) Central East campus defensive back Hatari Byrd came to UCLA junior day on Sunday. However the 6-foot-1, 195-pound prep wan't sure what to expect.

That image changed as soon as he stepped on campus, thanks in large part to some time from head coach Jim Mora.

"As soon as I showed up coach Mora took me away from everyone else," Byrd said. "He wanted to make sure I knew I had an offer from them and they want me as part of this class. I really appreciate them taking their time and letting me know where I stand with them."

In addition to the one-on-one time with coach Mora, Byrd said UCLA offered a lot more.

"I liked how all of the coaches presented themselves and how the junior day went," he said. "The facilities and the weight room was really nice. I also like their new jerseys a lot, they are pretty sharp. I honestly didn't think I was going to like it that much."

Secondary coach Demetrice Martin leads in the recruitment of Byrd and the two have already formed a good relationship.

"We talk on the phone a lot, he's a really cool guy," he said. "He's real down to earth and talks to me about more than just football."

Several schools have emerged on an 'unofficial' list for Byrd, including the Bruins.

"Notre Dame is high for me, so is Cal, Houston and UCLA. Washington is also up there too."

USC has yet to offer but that may be a formality at this point.

"I know they can't take my word for it but I'm sure my grades are good for them. They should get the transcript they are looking for any day now. They told me the offer is there once that paperwork is done."

Byrd is a four-star recruit and was also joined by teammates L.J. Moore and John Johnson at UCLA and USC a few weeks ago. The trio does not have any more visits planned in the near future.

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