"I came to this camp because I knew there would be pretty good competition," said Birdyshaw. "And it didn't disappoint because there were some pretty good guys here."
Not only was the competition good, but he also learned a lot about his position.
"I learned a lot," said Birdyshaw. "I learned a few drills that will help my hip placement, an area that I have always had a little trouble with. (Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy) also corrected a few things with my hands. Also, when I am drive blocking I should keep my head back and control my hands."
He came away impressed with Coach Hevesy.
"He is a nice guy, great personality," said Birdyshaw. "He knows what he is talking about, is a good teacher."
Mississippi State is just one of several camps that he will be attending the next few weeks.
"I have camps at Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, Louisville and one or two more," said Birdyshaw. "I know there are a lot of guys that are better than me and these camps are a way for me to get better and compete at a higher level."
Birdyshaw is camping at numerous colleges but is solidly committed to Southern Miss.
"I went there not expecting a whole lot, then I was there five minutes and I fell in love with it," said Birdyshaw. "I met the coaches, the players and about halfway through my visit there I was like this is where I want to be. It was a great place all around."
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing email@example.com.