Bird a Versatile Backer

Linebacker Jaydan Bird committed to Oklahoma after an unofficial visit back in late March. Since his commitment Bird has had the chance to come back to the OU campus on a few different of occasions, and he was one of the lucky few that got to watch OU's first scrimmage.

At one point Jaydan Bird, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker from Conway Springs High in Kansas was checking in at about 230 pounds, but he has been working so hard in he weight room that he has shed some weight.

"I leaned down," Bird informed. "I got faster. I got stronger. I checked in at the doctor two weeks ago at 212. Everything is ready for football."

Bird will graduate early from high school and plans to enter OU in January, and that is when the strength and conditioning staff in Norman will mold him in to what they want him to be.

"I was talking to Coach (Brent) Venables and he wants me to stay around 210-215 (pounds), and then he wants me to put me some weight on (at OU)."

Bird had the chance to get some work in at the OU camp this summer, and he thought he performed well, despite the fact he read some reports that may have indicated otherwise.

"I thought it went well. I thought it went extremely well, but I guess some analysts thought otherwise. On the internet they said I was an average athlete, but I am just going to have to keep on," Bird said with a hint of sarcasm.

The Scout.com four-star linebacker was one of the lucky few that had the chance to watch OU go through a scrimmage, and he thought the team looked solid.

"It went really well. I thought the linebackers did a really good job, and I like the way that Coach Venables coached. It was good to be able to be up there with my coach. He will be my coach starting in January, so it was good to get the feel of it."

Bird was originally recruited to play middle linebacker at OU, but after showing his versatility in camp it seems like he could handle any of the backer spots.

"From the first day Coach Venables started recruiting me, until I went to the OU camp, they were recruiting me for "Mike" linebacker," Bird began.

"I went to their camp, and he was really impressed and he thought that I could play any of the three spots. I don't know if that means anything, but…"

Because of his early enrollment plans, Bird will try to take his official visit during the season.

"I am thinking he KU game. It is an early game and my friends Tom Wort, Marcus Trice, and Drew Allen all might show up. The future teammates are going to be there and it is going to be a fun time with them."


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