Recruiting: Birdine talks about commitment to OU

Lawton DE says advice from brother and former OSU linebacker Jason Gilden helped him pick OU

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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