Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Q&A: Hatari Byrd on OU official visit
By Bob Przybylo
There were a lot of uncommitted official visitors and unofficial visitors at Oklahoma last week for OU’s showdown with Notre Dame. But one of the most intriguing visitors was OU safety commit Hatari Byrd (Fresno, Calif/Central East).
Byrd, ranked No. 293 in the ESPN 300, was seeing Oklahoma and the OU campus for the first time. He was originally supposed to be coming with a bunch of his teammates but that didn’t happen.
Four-star safety Hatari Byrd is firmly committed to OU after taking his official visit for the Notre Dame game.
Late last week official visits for four-star defensive back teammates L.J. Moore and Johnny Johnson Jr. were canceled. Byrd was disappointed, but he also didn’t care because this was his visit and nothing was going to upset him.
So how does Byrd feel now that his visit is in the books?
SoonerNation: Let’s not beat around the bush. You've been committed since July 31, but this was your first taste of OU. Your thoughts?
Hatari Byrd: The atmosphere was crazy. It was the best atmosphere I’ve ever been in. The campus was beautiful and the facilities were nice. Everything was better than I had hoped it would be. I had so much fun this weekend.
SN: Did you go into the weekend with any questions you needed the Bob or Mike Stoops to answer?
Byrd: No, I didn’t have any questions. All of my questions had been answered in the past. And any academic questions I had were answered during my tour and stuff like that.
SN: Who was your host? Did he say anything that stood out to you?
Byrd: My host was wide receiver Jalen Saunders. He talked to me about the program and how it is the best place to go. For him to say that since he hasn’t been there that long did mean a lot.
SN: Where do you see yourself fitting in with this defense?
Byrd: I think I’ll fit in well at safety. You know, watching the game, there were those two big plays. The big touchdown run [62-yarder by Cierre Wood] and the big catch [50-yard reception by Chris Brown]. I could have helped on both of those. I could have been there giving help on that big post pattern in the fourth quarter.
SN: Did you get a chance to talk to any other commits or recruits?
Byrd: Yeah, I hit it off with a couple of commits, wide receiver Jordan Smallwood and Stanvon Taylor. I had a great time with those guys. I’m looking forward to getting to know them better now.
SN: How has your opinion of OU changed because of the visit?
Byrd: OU is the perfect place for me. Everything about the college and the environment was good. It was crazy to just be looking at all those people, 86,000 people. It’s an absolute blessing that I’m going to get a chance to go there.
SN: Was it at all disappointing L.J. and Johnny couldn’t go?
Byrd: A little bit. I wanted them to go so they could experience OU. But I want them to go wherever they feel most comfortable. And I’ll be happy for them. I want them to feel what I feel at OU because I know that’s where I’m going.