Moore (Okla.) Southmoore hasn’t been in existence for long but the school as produced some great football talent. And talent that the Sooners have recognized. Things haven’t always worked out between the Sooners and the Southmoore recruits -- former top-50 recruit Austin Haywood quit the OU football team last fall -- but quarterback Kendal Thompson and defensive back Julian Wilson still remain on the roster.
OU could be heading that way once again in 2014 as Southmoore is starting to reload after a mediocre 2011 season. Leading the charge are a couple of athletes in Jalen Adams and Jaelon Walker. Adams had four catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns, while Walker had more than 100 yards of total offense in the season-opening win. SoonerNation sat down with Walker, who is 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds.
SoonerNation: You can do a little bit of everything out on the field. What’s the biggest difference for you heading into your junior season?
Jaelon Walker: Last year I had a senior starting in front of me. I was forced to sit back and watch everything. I wasn’t mad about it. I learned a lot, and I think it has really helped me going into this season.
SN: What are you goals for this season?
Walker: It sounds obvious, but I just want to prove I can help the team. We have a real good team here, and I think we’re a little underrated. I want to show I can compete against the best.
SN: Going back to the summer, did you hit up any camps?
Walker: I went to a few camps. The one that stood out was the OU camp in June. I went there for all three days. OU has incredible coaches.
SN: You can run the ball. You can catch it. What position did you play for that camp?
Walker: I went as a receiver. This is the first year I’m going to be a slot receiver. I worked on my routes and learned a lot from coach [Jay] Norvell. It’s incredible how much he knows about the position and what you need to do. He’s a great teacher, and I really responded to his hands on teaching method.
SN: Obviously it’s a little early in the process, but are there any schools you’re looking at or any favorites at this point?
Walker: No, not right now. Whoever comes my way, I’m willing to listen. I’m not discouraged or anything like that. I know I have this season to show everybody what I can do and that’s exactly what I plan on doing.