Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Sooner Snapshot: WR Jordan Smallwood
By Brandon Chatmon
Each week SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 65 receiver, No. 84 in Midlands region, No. 4 in Oklahoma
Picked OU over: Wyoming.
State of the position: What a difference 12 months makes. Receiver has gone from a position of weakness to a position of strength despite the loss of Kenny Stills and Justin Brown after the Cotton Bowl. Jalen Saunders is superb and all four 2012 high school receiver signees have impressed at times since they stepped on campus.
Pros: “Smallwood is an athletic and versatile receiving prospect that has played in a variety of roles and formation groupings displaying savvy and a feel for the game especially when employed in the slot. His talent level is very strong and with coaching and development, even though he is not a burner he could become a very productive guy because he is strong, competitive and has good size. Smallwood is flying under the radar to some degree.” - ESPN scouting report
Cons: “Smallwood is a player that is not going to win many footraces and is quicker than he is fast. Is a good short and underneath route runner, but really must learn to be a route runner on stems that require him to work past 12 yards, attack alignment, eat up cushion and work out of his break. This is where he is green.” - ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Justin Brown. Smallwood is not going to wow opponents with his deep speed but his body control, competitiveness and ball skills should make him a productive receiver for OU.
Expected impact: 2014. Since OU doesn’t need him to play expect Smallwood to redshirt during his first year on campus. He probably could play immediately but a year honing his skills would make him better prepared to make an impact as a redshirt freshman in 2014.