Tim Byerly, who led Chattahoochee High School to a state championship in 2010, said he is transferring from Middle Tennessee State to Georgia Tech.
“I’ve decided to play for coach Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech,” Byerly told the AJC. “I’m always been a big fan of his. He’s an old-fashioned kind of guy with the way he coaches football. I like his style.”
The 6-foot, 215-pounder signed a scholarship out of high school with MTSU and left after one semester because “it wasn’t for me and the education wasn’t what I had hoped for.” Byerly was granted his release and said he talked recently to Georgia Tech assistant Brian Bohannon. He will join Georgia Tech as a preferred walk-on. He begins classes on Monday.
“Coach Bohannon said they were pretty slim at QB with depth and that they would love to have me,” Byerly said. “I got accepted at Georgetown, and that was pretty high on my list. I felt Georgia Tech was pretty much the same education-wise, was a bigger state for football, and was obviously close to home.”
Byerly said he opted to walk-on over accepting scholarship offers from Air Force, Wofford, Georgetown, Rhode Island and Maine. “From what I’ve heard, Coach Johnson is really fair when it comes to walk-ons. If you work hard and work yourself up the ladder, he will put you on scholarship. That’s what I’m hoping to do.”
Byerly will redshirt next year due to NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility.
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