Michigan shows late interest in Chattahoochee QB Tim Byerly

Michigan expressed interest on Monday in Chattahoochee quarterback Tim Byerly.

Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder recently sent film of his state championship quarterback to Michigan and a few other schools, hoping it would garner some attention.

When Crowder followed up with a call to Michigan on Monday, he got some surprising news. “They really liked him on film. Michigan said they had another quarterback visiting this week who felt like would commit to them. But if that did not happen, then they are going to really look at Timmy.”

The 6-foot, 210-pound Byerly is one of the state’s most overlooked college football prospects. He helped lead Chattahoochee to this past season’s Class AAAA championship, completing 170 of 249 passes for 2,664 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,506 yards.

“Timmy was the best quarterback I saw this year,” Crowder said. “I just don’t understand why more of the big boys aren’t looking at him because he can really help someone out at quarterback.”

Byerly has offers from Middle Tennessee State and Furman, while Mississippi State has also shown recent interest.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

28 comments Add your comment

OldSchoolTechFanatic

January 24th, 2011
5:46 pm

Hello Georgia Tech !!! This kid can play and we are giving away schoarships to LONG SNAPPERS !!!
Door Bell DING DONG !!! Try and GET this guy !!!

John

January 24th, 2011
5:53 pm

unfortunately, we are not taking another QB,as far as I know. GT already has Vad Lee, the NC player of the year who has similar stats and a state championship. GT also has 5 other guys who played QB in high school that could get a chance. Jamal Golden (Alabama Mr. Football), Demon Smith, Airyn Willis, Corey Dennis, and Tyler Marcordes all played QB, and tech has said a couple of those guys have an opportunity to try out at QB

Brian F.

January 24th, 2011
6:09 pm

I agree with Crowder. Best QB I saw all year. Saw him play many times. He will be IMPACTFUL !!

Destin Dawg

January 24th, 2011
6:24 pm

Michigan is in the dumps… not what it used to be for sure.. Furman, MTS.. or Michigan… a wolverine is a rodent ?

Brucerugby79

January 24th, 2011
7:00 pm

Wherever he goes I hope he wins Championships-They will all regret not signing Byerly

Hooch Fan

January 24th, 2011
7:18 pm

OldSchoolTechFanatic

January 24th, 2011
8:30 pm

Thanks Hooch Fan !!! Just watched the Highlights on this young man not only can Timmy flat at play football he also looks like a HUMBLE young man. God Bless Him and I hope he gets Signed to a Big School somewhere so I can watch him play on Saturdays.

gt4ever

January 24th, 2011
9:13 pm

Exactly, we have a MAJOR problem evaluating talent…… We are in DEEP do do……. I mean, who in the HEll do we have working…..

GT man

January 24th, 2011
9:42 pm

Very surprised PJ hasnt offered. Powerhouse Furman is after him, usually PJ only offers to players that Troy, Wofford or Fla. International are after. He cant get the Notre Dame or Stanford players

Mark (another one)

January 24th, 2011
9:43 pm

This kid would get a great education at Furman, and the students really support their teams. I know he probably wants to play at a BCS school, but if not, a Furman education would be a great start on life after sports.

Brookcy

January 24th, 2011
9:54 pm

He throws the ball better than any qb at Tech right now.

Destin Dawg

January 25th, 2011
4:11 am

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Destin Dawg

January 25th, 2011
4:13 am

Man !! Mitchell , Rome, Swann, last week.. and now Ward !!! Dream team for SURE… Go Dawgs !!!

HPE

January 25th, 2011
7:23 am

I grew up in Valdosta in the 80’s. I saw Buck Belue and all the others play in Valdosta. Byerly is the best high school QB I have ever seen…Bar None!

NGAfan

January 25th, 2011
9:01 am

if any recruiter ever did his homework, they’d notice Byerly has grown 2 inches since the beginning of his senior year and now weighs over 215, solid muscle. The kid has the work ethic, character and leadership of Tim Tebow. He could walk on at Tech and beat out any QB there on the field and in the classroom. Open your eyes PJ

WF Wolverine

January 25th, 2011
9:24 am

Those of you wondering why Tech didn’t look at Byerly are missing the obvious — maybe Byerly doesn’t want Tech!!! This kid can flat out destroy defenses in the open field with his feet and his arm. Why would he want to play in Tech’s veer offense? Timmy is smart enough to know that he is not a good fit there.

warlaw

January 25th, 2011
9:30 am

Don’t want to be critical…just some observations from watching film. This young man has speed, but not quickness. He is an accurate passer but his release point is problematic. I can see why BCS schools have passed, but still, overall he is impressive. If work ethic is like Tebow, he will improve and could really help somebody. Great student too. I mean schools like Duke, Virginia, & Vanderbilt ought to be all over this kid. Who is marketing him…great film!

GT2011

January 25th, 2011
12:18 pm

CPJ dropped the ball big time on this one. Hooch runs a spread option and Byerly has proven to succeed with running option based schemes. He’s actually a competent passer too… something Tech doesn’t have right now!!

HPE

January 25th, 2011
1:41 pm

You guys have to consider this…In the vast majority of Hooch’s games, they were so far ahead by halftime that the coach was forced to take his starters out of the game, early in the 3rd quarter. Very often I watched games in which they were taken out after 1 or 2 offensive series in the second half.

HPE

January 25th, 2011
1:43 pm

…I say that to say…Byerly and Whitehurst’s stats were often based on 1/2 games played.

NGAfan

January 25th, 2011
2:15 pm

Lots of schools don’t give athletic scholorships, others have definitely knocked on Byerly’s door (Georgetown, Holy Cross, Brown, Harvard) but he wants to play in the SEC or ACC and earn his education with a football in his hand, not loans.
Hope he gets to play against UGA or GT someday, just to show them what they missed

Yearling

January 25th, 2011
2:27 pm

re: Warlaw
Not sure of the validity of your assessments, but your overall point is certainly valid. EVERY single QB recruited (for colleger or pros) has some “flaws” in his mechanics. They may even vary week to week, or game to game. As a coach, I would opt for accepting flaws I could work on – and make certain I take the intangibles that can never be coached – proven performance, leadership, athleticism, character, poise, integrity. A good coach can tweak a mechanic, or add reps to at least minimize the game effect of a “flaw”. I would think a release point, is correctible, or certainly improvable. I am always amazed at how critical everyone is each year as the college superstar QB’s enter the NFL draft! More than any other postion, the QB needs to score high in leadership, poise, confidence, smarts,and have the right “instincts”. Seems to me this kids physical tools are “good” to “very good”. On the intangibles, I would say “very good” to “exceptional”. I think he excels at D-1, whereever he lands.
I think GT took a grab bag of good athletes and is now trying to figure out where to put them, and how to use them. I don’t think any of them are better, across the board, than Byerly. Maybe in hindsight, they take Byerly and Lee – and could have spent the other 3-4 picks on linemen or linebackers.

question

January 25th, 2011
2:59 pm

hey,
Does anyone knoe where Whitehurst went?

Chip Towers

January 25th, 2011
3:10 pm

question: Kane Whitehurst committed to Arkansas

Real Deal

January 27th, 2011
4:29 pm

Too bad more coaches like Johnson at GT don’t revolk scholarships after “verbal committs” take OV’s at other schools. Those kids are messing up the whole train, others are waiting to see if they are serious or not and then left hanging. Either you want to go to the school or you don’t. If you are not sure, don’t give them a verbal!!! Sounds like Byerly is waiting to see if some verbals are true to their word, if they bail he gets the job. Who ever gets this kid will be the winner for sure. Saw his film, the kid can play the game!

Yearling

January 27th, 2011
7:15 pm

Great example of what one major D-1 school just did..(TUESDAY NIGHT: .tell the kid that they love his tape, they are booking a flight to come meet him Wednesday night, and watch him throw in person on Thursday, and will invite he and his family to come up for an OV this weekend……WEDNESDAY NIGHT: (24 hours later…Oops, just kidding. Not gonna take a QB this year. never mind).

I really don’t know who is worse…schools like that……..or these kids who commit, only to decommit and recommit whenever they feel they can “upgrade” or simply change their mind ?

I do respect the kids who save their committment and keep their integrity intact – despite the pain and disappointment they are likely to endure in the short run. You can’t coach honesty, character, and leadership like that!

teach

January 30th, 2011
11:03 am

The school Yearling is referencing is Pitt. They were coming for a “pro day” of sorts and then the next day nothing. I think Timmy’s biggest problem is that his breakout year was his senior year and not his junior year. I know the kid. You want this kid leading your team. Built like a linebacker, feet of a running back, arm of a quarterback, wits of a coach. The latest I have heard is that he may gray shirt (be a regular student his first year then join the football team next year) to one of the big schools in the area. It is a shame to see a talent like this slip through the cracks. I suspect he will take a wait and see approach to Signing Day… see if anything breaks his way, which I hope it does because he deserves it.

teach

January 31st, 2011
2:26 pm

Timmy will be signing at Middle Tenn State Univ on National Signing Day. MTSU is selling immediate starting time and their plans of moving to the Big East Conference in 2012.