Posted: 6:57 pm Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Ex-Boca Raton RB Keith Byars II commits to Purdue 

By Jeff Greer

Keith Byars II didn’t  qualify for Division I football right out of high school.

Byars (5-10, 195) spent the 2012-13 school year at Milford Academy in New York, qualified academically, and this weekend committed to Purdue. He joins Cardinal Newman tight end Matt Burke as one of two area kids planning to sign with Purdue on national signing day, which is Wednesday.

Byars ran for 63 yards and a touchdown off nine carries this past season. He visited Purdue’s campus this weekend. Bowling Green was also interested, but did not offer Byars.

He was a bit of an enigma at Boca High, regularly staggered by injuries. He produced 899 total yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior in 2011.