Recruiting: Top Texas LB has family ties to OU

Could family ties help OU with Longview, Texas linebacker Marvin Byrdsong?


JH: How is your season going so far?
MB: We are 5-3 overall and we should make the playoffs. We still have two games left to play in district and we are 2-1. We need to win three to make it to the playoffs. Right now I have 97 total tackles, 73 solo, two interceptions, five fumbles caused, two recovered fumbles and five sacks. I can do better, but my year has been pretty good thus far.

JH: Are schools recruiting you to play inside or outside linebacker?
MB: I am being recruited by more schools as an inside linebacker, but I will play outside in college if that is where my coaches want me to play. I am an agressive all-around active player on the field and I feel I have improved in pass coverage as well.

JH: Have you set up any visits yet?
MB: I have set up two visits, one with Arkansas (1-4) and Oklahoma (12-7). I am also considering Texas, LSU, Florida State and Texas A&M. Oklahoma is a good team and they are good enough to win a national championship every year. I talk to Coach (Bobby Jack) Wright every week and we have a great relationship. I also have a cousin (Clint Ingram) that is redshirting at Oklahoma. He is trying to get me to go Oklahoma and we are pretty good friends. We spent a lot of time together this summer and partied quite a bit.

JH: Have you watched Oklahoma on TV this year? If so, what are your thoughts?
MB: I watch their linebackers and I think I can fit with how they play. I was watching Rocky Calmus and I feel that I can play like him. was watching how their linebackers play and they are very aggressive at the point of attack. I like Oklahoma because they are a good school for linebackers. Oklahoma's defense really allows their linebackers to roam from sideline-to-sideline.

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