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Oklahoma DE has family ties

Lawton (Okla.) Eisenhower defensive end Larry Birdine might have Oklahoma State orange pumping through his veins, but that doesn't make him a lock to be a Cowboy.
Birdine is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end with a 3.6 grade-point average and a 17 on his ACT. He also is the younger brother of former OSU standout and current Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Jason Gildon.
But Birdine is also points out that he is open with the recruiting process and even has a connection with Oklahoma.
"My cousin is Jammal Brown," Birdine said. "I might have grown up an OSU fan because of my brother, but he gave me some good advice. He said find what is best for you, and then you'll be happy. But I did watch a lot of OSU games while I was growing up, and I have always liked them."
Right now, the best for Birdine is Oklahoma State (offer), Texas A&M (offer) Oklahoma and Nebraska.
"I think about recruiting quite a bit," Birdine said.
"I want to not commit early and see what it's like on some official visits. I've got two really good offers, but Oklahoma and Nebraska both said they want to see tape on my first game and would probably offer me after that."
Birdine opens the season on Friday in the bragging rights game against Lawton High.
"We call it our preseason," Birdine said. "It's not a district game and it doesn't help us toward playoffs, but it's a game that feels good to win. It's kind of cool to brag to everybody that you beat Lawton."
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