Jayson Bird, a 5-11, 220-pound running back/linebacker from the small Idaho town of Shelley, reportedly ran the fastest timed sprint yesterday with a 4.44 forty. That's impressive when you consider there are close to 700 football campers this week at BYU."> Jayson Bird, a 5-11, 220-pound running back/linebacker from the small Idaho town of Shelley, reportedly ran the fastest timed sprint yesterday with a 4.44 forty. That's impressive when you consider there are close to 700 football campers this week at BYU.">

BYU Camp: Bird and others hoping for BYU offers

This is one "birdman" who can fly with his feet firmly planted on the ground. <b>Jayson Bird</b>, a 5-11, 220-pound running back/linebacker from the small Idaho town of Shelley, reportedly ran the fastest timed sprint yesterday with a 4.44 forty. That's impressive when you consider there are close to 700 football campers this week at BYU.

Being a big athlete from a small town has its disadvantages in getting noticed by major college football programs, but Bird has done everything right to establish himself as a camp standout in Provo this week.

He said he has already been offered by Boise State and is also being courted by BYU and Utah State.

"I'm really open as to where I decide to play right now. I want to get some more attention being from such a small school. I attended the Washington NIKE Camp and ran a 4.50 forty, so I was really happy with my 4.44 time here," Bird said.

He also did bench pressed 22 reps of 185 pounds and recorded a 37" vertical jump.

"I'm really interested in BYU. My top schools among those that are recruiting me would be BYU, Boise State and Utah State"

Bird has been in contact with BYU coaches Mike Empey and Paul Tidwell, his primary BYU recruiters.

He added he is open to playing either running back or linebacker in college.

"I honestly don't care; wherever they want me most. If I came to BYU, then I'd probably want to play defense because of the scheme. Crowton runs a lot of wide-open, one-back sets, so I'd probably be better suited for defense at BYU. They're having me play both positions while I'm here and I think I'm doing well at both."

While BYU has yet to offer, Bird remains hopeful. "They can't offer over camp, so hopefully they offer me when I get home. I hope they do since BYU is a school I'd really like to consider."

Bird is LDS, but has no plans to serve an LDS mission.

CAMP NOTES:

Quarterbacks were measured today for throwing distance. Jacob Bower only had two shots at it and maxed out at 75 yards. "I wish I could have thrown it more than two times. I mean, I was just getting warmed up."

Fellow camp standout Max Hall continued to impress in the seven-on-seven drills, showing remarkable poise with great technique combined with a strong arm. Hall recorded a 61-yard heave in the distance throws.

TotalBlueSports.com also spoke briefly with OL recruit Terrence Brown. Brown said he was impressed with the competition at BYU's camp.

"Yeah, the players here are at least as good as those at Nebraska's and Clemson's camps. Isley Filiaga is, by far, the best Defensive Lineman I've seen. Man, he's strong." Filiaga recorded 36 reps with the 225-lb bar.

Brown is hoping for an offer from BYU.

"I'd really like to sign with BYU. I was here at camp last year and love the coaches and the program."

Top Utah quarterback Paul Kruger left for the Elite 11 tryout being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, tomorrow.

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