In what SB Nation Wake Forest blog Blogger So Dear calls a "classic Jim Grobe 'out-of-nowhere' moment," the Demon Deacons have picked up a signing day surprise in the form of running back Joseph Byrd, a 5'9", 170 lb tailback from Florida who had offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota and Purdue among others. He runs a 4.37 40 and is another in the long line of Florida products to be making their way up to Winston-Salem. The Fort Myers News-Press reports that Byrd has said that he will be enrolling of Spring of 2011.
Blogger So Dear is excited by the unexpected pick up:
After losing Nick Knott and missing on Jawan Jamison, this is very good news on Signing Day. Byrd's great speed is mixed with good vision and gives the Deacs that home run threat they are always looking for from the tailback position. He had some injuries, so enrolling later will hopefully give him time to get healthy; Wake already got great results from WR Chris Givens, who overcame a torn ACL to be one of the Deacs' best receivers in his RS Freshman season. Joseph is a three-star according to ESPN, and ranks as a 77 overall, good for the 59th best RB in the class, better than both Jamison and Knott.