Jaydan Bird, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Conway Springs High in Kan., made the short drive down to watch his future teammates in the annual Red/White Spring Game on Saturday.
Bird definitely has a defensive mindset, and he was happy to see that the defense was back in top form during Saturday's Red/White Spring Game.
"I liked it," Bird said of the spring game experience. "The defense was playing pretty well. As you could see they were picking off balls left and right. It was a really good game."
Bird stated that a great relationship with Brent Venables played a huge role in helping secure his verbal commitment, and he was happy to get the chance to spend even more time getting to know and watch him coach.
"The more and more I go (to Norman) the more I talk to coach Venables. I pick up more on how he coaches, what he coaches, and what he is like. I like everything I have seen and everything that he has said to me."
The Sooners had a host of former great player in who were honored at halftime, but Bird did not get much of a chance to meet and greet because he was showing a family member around campus.
"I really did not get to meet anybody," Bird began. "I went with my cousin, Kale, (who said the OU visit was awesome) and we went on the tour, so I really did not get the chance to talk to any of the old alumni."
The Scout.com Top 300 prospect could have the chance to make a push for playing time early in his career, as many of the top OU players at the position will all be making their way off the roster by the 2010 season.
"I believe so," Bird said when asked if he believes there is a chance for early playing time. "I really believe I can if I go in and work hard on learning the formations and how the defense is run. If I go down there and pick up on all of that then I really believe I can go in and have a lot of playing time."