update -- Russell Byrd committed to Michigan STate at 3:00pm. A full length story will follow.
Either Michigan State or Kentucky is expected to get a verbal commitment from one of the top shooting guard prospects in the Midwest, 6-foot-7 Russell Byrd of Ft. Wayne Blackhawk Christian in Indiana.
Byrd will call each of the head coaches from his three finalists, Michigan coach John Beilein, Kentucky coach Billy Gillespie and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo of his decision and then he will call interested members of the media.
He has promised to call GSN to let us know his decision. The expectation is that Byrd, who cut short his recruitment after visiting Midnight Madness in East Lansing last Friday, will commit to the Spartans.
Byrd has made known his criteria for his college choice early on, a solid coaching staff, a good program and a point guard who can get him the ball.
He talked about having to take a 'leap of faith' to join Michigan floundering program to help them build something were little currently exists. Michigan appears to be the longest of shots for a commitment.
He also talked about how much he liked the Kentucky program after attending the Big Blue madness celebration marking the start of practice for UK. We had a fantastic time. It was really a great visit. Russell enjoyed it,” Kelly Byrd told Kentucky Sports Report. “He enjoyed spending time with the staff and the players. Madness was really impressive.”
Byrd said he and his family had a great time at Michigan State's 60-era Midnight Madness where the always entertaining and self-deprecating Tom Izzo and his family came out in 60's era hippie garb.
During his visit, Izzo and his staff of Mark Montgomery, Mike Garland and Dwayne Stephens laid out the scenario that would have Byrd in the playing rotation as a freshman and defined what his role would be in the Spartans attack.
After that visit, Byrd cut short his recruitment. GSN will have the announcment and if he indeeds verbals for Michigan State, an in-depth interview of Byrd on his decision.