Hatari Byrd said at The Opening that he planned to make his decision sometime in August but the Fresno (Calif.) Central East safety could not wait.
The four-star prospect committed to Oklahoma on Tuesday over offers from Cal, UCLA, Washington, Notre Dame and many others.
Byrd, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound recruit, also said at The Opening that after his commitment he still planned to take visits and that also turns out to be true. Trips to UCLA and Notre Dame are expected and others could happen as well.
"It's a very big football program out there (at Oklahoma) and I'm a big safety that fits their program," Byrd said. "I've been doing a lot of research on them."
There were definitely some hints that the Sooners were in good shape especially since Byrd only has one official visit set up and that's to Oklahoma.
The Fresno Central East standout will be in Norman the weekend of the Notre Dame game along with teammate L.J. Moore, a four-star defensive back who's also serious about the Sooners. Moore also has trips to Cal and Notre Dame set up.
Rivals.com rates Byrd as the No. 20 safety and No. 229 in the 2013 class. He's also the No. 25 prospect in the California state rankings.
Even more good news for Oklahoma fans: Byrd has looked much more skilled and comfortable at big events in the last few months.
The four-star was solid at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge and The Opening and was impressive again this past week at Gridiron Kings.