Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Byrd over the Big XII

Photo Courtesy of scout.com
Might be time to build a nest in the secondary for this Bryd in Norman, Oklahoma.

The wait, and even anticipation on where Hatari Bryd was going to play his college football at ended on Tuesday afternoon, when the four-star safety from Central-Fresno announced that he will be suiting up for the University of Oklahoma.

"I'm thinking boomer sooner right now," Bryd said on his twitter page.

Oklahoma wound up on Bryd's short list, along with a few PAC-12 schools ranging from UCLA to Cal. Bryd becomes the 12th commitment for the traditional Big XII powerhouse, and the second safety signed by the Sooners through the 2013 class. Ahmad Thomas of Miami-Central is the other safety addition to the Sooners.

At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds of pure muscle, Bryd should bring plenty of boom to the Boomer Sooners secondary. Bryd is definitely an intimidating hitter who's made his living burying his shoulder into ball carriers on Friday nights. He's big and physical enough to play up to the line of scrimmage, just like one other former Sooner star I can think of.

Byrd reminds me of a young Roy Williams. Just like Williams, he's another physical safety who thrives off of contact and is not afraid to help versus the run. While his coverage skills will need to be polished for his senior year, Bryd's size and hits will make him one frightening player to come across if you have the football. He might be the most physical player ever produced by renown defensive back guru Tony Perry of Central-Fresno.

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