LARRY BIRDINE, DE, 6'4, 235, 4.7, LAWTON EISENHOWER, OKLAHOMA: JH: How is your season going so far?
LB: We are 7-1 and playing pretty well. We lost to Moore during the second district game, but we have played pretty well in all the other games. I am playing pretty well. I have 64 tackles and four sacks, which is tops on our team. I also have two fumble recoveries, one returned 20 yards for a touchdown and one fumble caused.
JH: Why did you commit to Oklahoma?
LB: I guess because I am from Oklahoma and it is very close to home was one of the biggest reasons. I talked to my coaches and my brother (Jason Gilden) and they gave me some insight on how to choose a college. I looked at the college's that I was interested in and at the time I made my decision OU was undefeated and playing great. Of course, they just lost recently, but they played a good game. OU has the type of program that my brother and family said that I should look for, and that made my decision easy. A lot of programs told me that I could come in and play early, but OU has one of the elite programs in the country and I basically chose them for that reason.
JH: Who else did you consider besides OU?
LB: I also considered OSU and Texas A&M and they also offered me. I was sort of leaning to OSU back in the summer, but really I always kept my decision open. I think because my brother played at OSU that many people felt that I was leaning that way, but in reality that wasn't the case.
JH: What position will you play in college?
LB: OU recruited me to play defense. I believe I can fit in well at defensive end at OU. I feel that I am a great athlete and I feel that I am the kind of athlete they are looking for to play in their aggressive defense at defensive end. The fact OU doesn't have a lot of depth at defense was one of the key reasons why I went to OU. I have a chance to come in and start or play a lot my freshman year because they don't have a lot of depth.
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