Five from Friday: Parker not slowing down 

November, 26, 2012
Every week through football season, SoonerNation writer Bob Przybylo will reveal five things he learned while out on the road watching the best in the Midlands area play football.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comReceiver Jordan Smallwood and Jenks will play in the 6A state title game on Friday night.
1. Class of 2014 safety Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) is making his case as the best in-state prospect for 2014. Entering the season, Parker was moving from cornerback to safety and he wasn’t sure how he would do. Let’s just say he’s doing OK. Parker has become the quarterback of the Jenks defense and was dominant in a 41-10 dismantling of rival Tulsa Union in the Class 6A state semifinals. Parker had an interception and eight tackles despite not playing most of the second half as Jenks ran out to a 35-3 halftime lead. Already with offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Alabama, Parker is going to be a hot commodity once his junior film gets wide release.

2. It’s not just the 2014 kids having fun at Jenks, though, as OU wide receiver commit Jordan Smallwood showed why the Sooners hold him in such high regard. Smallwood didn’t have and didn’t need many chances to show what he can do. However, he came up big the only time his number was called. On third-and-12, Smallwood won a jump ball on a 36-yard reception that brought Jenks down to the 1-yard line. A play later and it was 21-3 Jenks and the rout was on. Smallwood also showed his defensive back skills with a nice pass deflection on an errant throw later in the game.
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