Chattahoochee QB Tim Byerly commits to Middle Tennessee State

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

29 comments Add your comment

Brwil6

January 31st, 2011
6:16 pm

Tim Byerly was a great QB for the AAAA State Champ Chattahoochee team…… and a smart leader/student as well. Middle Tenn St. is getting great player to add to their growing program. Go MTSU !!

Sjohnson77

January 31st, 2011
6:23 pm

Coach Crowder said he “didn’t understand why bigger schools recruited Byerly”? Nice job coach? That a way to support your players….

HPE

January 31st, 2011
7:07 pm

I’m scratching my head right now.

Bitter vince dooly in south beach

January 31st, 2011
7:08 pm

good job young man, in 2 years transfer to GA or GA tech, best of luck

PS—young buck belue

Yearling

January 31st, 2011
7:21 pm

@Sjohnson77

Coach said he didn’t understand why bigger schools DID NOT recruit TImmy. Crowder was doing all he could to support him.

goblin-dad

January 31st, 2011
7:48 pm

Great kid – expect him to make a significant mark on that program. He’s a winner who can take his new team to the next level!

RabidDawgFan

January 31st, 2011
8:57 pm

Middle Tennessee State?! Are you kidding me? What channel do they play on? I’m sure it’s never on ESPN or CBS unless their playing a big time program only to get farted on. Why do these kids go to these low profile schools? Go to Georgia, LSU, Florida, Alabama…oh I forgot I didn’t read the entire thing. I guess he wasn’t good enough to play for those schools…court is ajourned.

brwil6

January 31st, 2011
9:34 pm

Forget it RabidDawgFan. Georgia cannot be put in the same sentence LSU, Florida, Alabama. Georgia stinks. They are a 6 win team with a seriously weak non-conference schedule…….just to try to get 6 wins. Georgia has not competed for a national championship in 31 years. RabidDumbFan is a better name for you.

Yearling

January 31st, 2011
9:41 pm

Yeah…court is adjourned and its time for you to go deliver another pizza…so go hop in your ‘92 Fiesta and make that delivery…asap.

RabidDawgFan

January 31st, 2011
10:05 pm

RabidDawgFan

January 31st, 2011
10:06 pm

Brwil…we had one bad season. It happens. I remember Alabama went 6-6 when they implemented a new defense not too long ago. They even lost to Louisiana Monroe. They were awful that year. Look at them now. Every team has a bad year. We just happened to be that team last season. We’ll be back.

RabidDawgFan

January 31st, 2011
10:08 pm

You say it like we’re a 6 win team each season. Nah not us. That’s why people down us. Georgia is used to winning and when we don’t, “the world is collapsing”. Do you see people bashing Vandy? Hell no because they’re used to losing. We’re not. And we won’t lose too much more.

MTFAN

January 31st, 2011
10:38 pm

Rabid.. You are a fool. In the past 3 seasons, MT would have beaten your butt atleast 1 of them. If you disagree your an idiot.

StatesBurr

February 1st, 2011
4:17 am

MTFan: Dont mind the RabidDawgFan….he probably has never been out the state…. Stupid RedN–k and I am sure has never put on shoulder pad. Good Luck to the young guy.

RabidDawgFan

February 1st, 2011
8:50 am

I never said I didn’t wish him good luck…I just don’t get why he didn’t go to a bigger school. Middle tennessee stinks. But so did we last year, but they stink routinely.

Real Deal

February 1st, 2011
9:19 am

Congrats to Byerly, MT is a Division ! school, he gets a full ride and great coaches. He turned down Air Force, Navy and Army as well as brainiac schools like Elon, Furman. Others in that conference, App State and Ga So. also offered or so I’m told. Guess you need dreads and a dark tan to go to the big schools RabidDawg. MT is getting a great leader and great kid.

Dawg1

February 1st, 2011
9:42 am

This kid is a fine QB. Saw him at the State Championship game. He was the absolute difference between the two teams.

TRUE BLUE

February 1st, 2011
10:16 am

Height and size probably played part on why he didn’t get recruited by the big schools. Which i don’t understand, because the young men is a winner. Just look at his stats throwing the ball and running the ball. He is a true spread QB. MIDDLE TENN. STATE is getting a STEAL on NSD.

WarEagle

February 1st, 2011
10:19 am

If Byerly is happy, then congrats to him. From what I have heard, he is a good kid, and from what I saw he is a good player. That said, I’m a bit surprised by this choice. Given that Byerly will never be playing on Sundays, why not use his high school football success as launching pad to attend a better academic school so that he is set for grauduate school or his real career. Seems a bit short sighted to pick a weaker academic school just to play middle of the road (at best) D-1 football for a few years.

JustMyOpinion

February 1st, 2011
10:24 am

@Real Deal, Why bring race into it. If this kid is listed at 6′0, then he’s really 5′9-5′10″ish. So that’s why the ‘big’ schools probably had no use for him because I only seen him once and he was remarkable. If you want to bring race into blogs please drop the screen name!

RabidDawgFan

February 1st, 2011
10:24 am

Real Deal…does Aaron Murray have dreads and is he dark skinned?

brwil6

February 1st, 2011
12:37 pm

RabidDawgFan. ….Vince Dooley is not your coach, Hershel is now a Boxer and it is NOT 1980. Quit bad mouthing everything that is good because your think Georgia is a national power, and your frustrated.

Real Deal

February 1st, 2011
2:11 pm

Just My Opinion, check out your facts….stats on Scouts and Rivals are out dated, he is now 6″1.5″, over 217 lbs and growing. Never say never, WarEagle. I bet he is the type of kid that is more determined if told he can’t do something. What facts do you have that the Tennessee school is inferior academically?

brwil6

February 1st, 2011
4:22 pm

RabidDawgFan and WarEagle…… CHECK YOU FACTS before you spout off.

Forbes Magazine ranks universities each year for mainly for academics. MTSU ranks #298. UGA ranks #211, Georgia Tech ranks #242, Bama ranks #356, Mississippi State ranks #368, Tennessee ranks #328, LSU ranks #323.

MTSU requires 3.0 gpa, 22 on ACT, and 1080 on SAT. It has 27,000 students, been around since 1911, with colleges of Engineering, Business, Nursing, etc.

so RabidDawgFan and WarEagle…… CHECK YOU FACTS before you spout off.

Buzz ME

February 1st, 2011
8:24 pm

Paul Johnson fell asleep at the wheel. This kid could have been the next Joe Hamilton for Tech even in the option.. He can run and …oh by the way..he can throw. Big miss here by GT. Good luck Tim. Saw you play 6 games and you are the real deal!

Jeff in Calhoun

February 1st, 2011
8:40 pm

GT could have used this kid for real. They missed the boat for sure.

sportsfan2

February 2nd, 2011
7:28 am

The coach is the one how dropped the ball. Byerly is a good athlete and very talanted. Recruiting is 90% marketing – proof of that is that Stephenson coach who has 23 or so seniors with offers. Can’t tell me that all those kids are so great – no – the coach knew what to do!

jreal

February 3rd, 2011
9:53 am

I agree that the high school coach has a lot to do with kids getting recruited. They must have relationships and contacts with Universities. The good programs have that. This coach had only one D1 contact Arkansas where he went to school. The other scholarship offers were received only on the merit of the athelete with the coach in the background helping but not leading the way. Good luck to all the kids from this program. I hope the coach will learn something from this experience.

3 cents

February 3rd, 2011
11:52 am

jreal, sportsfan2, no doubt you are right. too bad it was at the expense of an extremely talented, smart kid that is an outstanding leader…