Quarterback Tim Byerly, who led Chattahoochee to the Class AAAA state football championship this past season, committed to Middle Tennessee State on Monday.
The 6-foot, 210-pounder was also considering offers from Furman and Elon, among others.
“[Middle Tennessee State ] is getting a great quarterback, a great leader who can lead them to conference championships,” Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder said.
“He’s just a special kid. I know people will think I am biased, but I didn’t see a better quarterback in the state of Georgia this past season.”
Byerly completed 170 of 249 passes for 2,664 yards and 30 touchdowns, while also rushing for 1,509 yards. He was determined to play at an FBS school (formerly, NCAA Div. I-A) and quickly accepted the Middle Tennessee State offer after visiting the school this past weekend.
“Timmy is a perfect fit for Middle Tennessee State’s offense,” Crowder said. “They run the same formation [spread offense] as we do. I can see him going there and learning that system very quickly.”
Crowder said he didn’t understand why bigger schools didn’t recruit Byerly. “I don’t know more what he could’ve done to prove to them that he could play. I’m not sure what they were looking for. I’ve been kind of baffled about it.
“But it all worked out in the end with Middle Tennessee State. They got a great player with Timmy.”
– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting