- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
It’s bound to happen if you watch Oklahoma high school powerhouse Tulsa (Okla.) Union enough times. Eventually somebody will stick out -- someone who previously wasn’t on anybody’s radar. That looks to be the case with 2014 wide receiver Jeffery Mead. He is still learning the position, but at 6-foot-7 and 168 pounds he has the height to turn some heads and has shown the potential to be a prospect worth watching. His size has also made him a popular recruit for basketball, the sport he spent most of his summer playing. Now in his first year on varsity, Mead has nine catches for 177 yards and a touchdown through the first three games.
Mead talked to SoonerNation about playing receiver and his recruiting interest:
SoonerNation: How much more comfortable do you feel now as opposed to when the season started three weeks ago?
Jeffery Mead: I’m definitely a little more comfortable. That first game I was jittery, but now I feel good. I feel I got it down. It’s nothing special.
SN: What is the biggest difference with your game this season?
Mead: This season? Not that much. It was last year where I switched from quarterback to receiver. I had been a quarterback my whole life.
SN: Toughest adjustment in making that move?
Mead: Running fast and taking hits. You know at quarterback (you're) not used to taking hits.
SN: Describe that first big hit you took as a receiver.
Mead: I caught the ball and turned around and a kid took out my legs. I fell on my shoulder and couldn’t breathe for, like, 20-30 seconds. People were talking to me, but I couldn’t get any words out. I knew things would be different.
SN: You spent the summer playing basketball. What schools are looking at you so far?
Mead: Oklahoma, TU [Tulsa], Oral Roberts, Yale, Stanford, Wichita State. There are some others. No offers yet, but a lot of interest, and I know they will come with time.
SN: You’re an unknown commodity in football before these last couple of months. Are any schools looking at you as a receiver yet?
Mead: The in-state schools have been sending me a lot of letters. I get letters from OU, TU and OSU. It’s fun. I wanted to go to OU’s camp in June but everything was filled up at the time so I missed out.
SN: It seems like basketball was going to be your sport of choice. But now that you’re making an impact in football, how much fun is the game?
Mead: Oh, it’s a lot more fun. I actually feel like I’m contributing to the team. Yes, being on the scout team helped last year but now I’m out there doing my thing. It’s great.
SN: You caught your first touchdown of the season on a 66-yard reception in the 26-21 win against Broken Arrow, Okla., what was that like for you?
Mead: It was great. It was a great play call. I caught the ball and decided I wasn’t about to get caught so I just ran and ran until I found the end zone. We have a really good team and the rest of the season is going to be exciting.
It’s bound to happen if you watch Oklahoma high school powerhouse Tulsa (Okla.) Union enough times. Eventually somebody will stick out -- someone who previously wasn’t on anybody’s radar.