- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
Ellis Jefferson (Denton, Texas/Guyer) left Oklahoma’s football camp with a twinge of disappointment.
“I was hoping I would perform better,” the 2013 receiver prospect said. “I kept slipping because of the rain. But I can’t blame the rain, I have to blame my footwork.”
Nonetheless, Jefferson’s subpar showing didn’t take away from his overall experience.
“I had a really good time but I think I could have done better,” he said. “I knew I could have done way better than I did.”
The camp provided the opportunity for Jefferson to get first-hand coaching from OU receivers coach Jay Norvell. Norvell provided coaching and pushed the receivers to finish each drill with a passion to succeed. He also gave the big receiver some tips he has been using since he returned to Denton.
“I like him a lot,” Jefferson said. “He coached me up a lot. I learned a lot of new things from him about the way they play football.
“He showed me some new routes, he showed me some new [ways] to get off the ball against man [coverage]. I took some of those home and I work out with those.”
At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Jefferson brings excellent size to the receiver position. He boasts offers from Colorado, Mississippi State, Tulsa and North Texas. While he’s hoping for an OU offer, he understands he might have to be patient.
“It’s all about numbers,” Jefferson said. “That’s what the coaches told me.”
Jenks, Okla., receiver Jordan Smallwood was the lone 2013 receiver prospect at the camp who received an offer after participating in the workout in Norman.
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