Just a day after losing one of the top running back recruits in the country, Oklahoma picked up some much needed good news when four-star safety prospect, Hatari Byrd, told the Sooner coaches he was coming to Oklahoma.
A quick check of Byrd’s twitter feed and it’s obvious he’s excited about making his decision. And as you might expect, it also sounds as if the news of Bryd’s commitment was well received by the coaching staff in Norman.
Oklahoma sooner here I come after my senior year!!! I’m too excited to be a sooner…Here comes the new shark to the DB’s!!! Aye!!
— Hatari Byrd (@HBizzy559) July 31, 2012
Had a great talk with coach Bob stoops & coach Mike stoops today it’s crazy they had a big party on my commitment today in oklahoma
— Hatari Byrd (@HBizzy559) August 1, 2012
Bryd is from Fresno, California and held offers from several Pac-12 schools including Arizona State, Cal, UCLA and Washington along with Georgia and Notre Dame.
Not only was Byrd’s commitment important to get some positive momentum back after Greg Bryant de-committed, but it could have even bigger ramifications down the road, as well.
Bryd is teammates with two other four star prospects, safety L.J. Moore and cornerback Johnny Johnson Jr., who both hold offers from OU and are also giving the Sooners strong consideration. While Byrd’s commitment doesn’t ensure the other two will follow in his footsteps, it surely can’t hurt Oklahoma’s chances.
All three of the Fresno East Central recruits are planning on visiting Oklahoma’s campus the weekend of October 26th when the Sooners play host to Notre Dame.
As is always the case when it comes to recruiting, nothing is official until the player signs on the dotted line. In Bryd’s case, he has said he still plans to take all five of his official visits. While that certainly doesn’t mean he has any intention of changing his mind, one would think that means the door isn’t officially closed for the other schools still in pursuit of his services.
Bryd’s commitment gives the Sooners three defensive backs in the 2013 class and also moved Oklahoma back into the top 25 recruiting classes in the country according to Rivals.