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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Sooners' offer surprises 2014 in-state WR

By Bob Przybylo

All eyes were focused on one in-state recruit for Oklahoma’s junior day. ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) has been a top priority for the Sooners for a long time.

Wide receiver Jeffery Mead (Tulsa, Okla./Union) has not.

Jeffery Mead
Class of 2014 receiver Jeffery Mead picked up two big offers on Saturday.
That all changed Saturday as both Hansen and Mead earned OU offers.

Mead spent most of the day with OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. His purpose in attending junior day was simply to see the campus and meet the coaches.

“I thought he was a good-natured guy,” Mead said of meeting Norvell. “He thinks I can do a lot, sees a lot of potential. I’m looking forward to getting to know him better.”

He can also add OU coach Bob Stoops to the coaches he met.

“Coach Norvell asked me to go upstairs, and Coach Stoops showed all the trophies,” Mead said. “He showed the practice field and said I have an offer to OU. I was like, ‘Whoa,' this is very exciting.”

Not exciting enough to commit on the spot, though. Mead, who is 6-foot-7 and 168 pounds, grew up a quarterback before being moved to receiver heading into his sophomore season.

And the fun didn’t stop with OU. Later Saturday night Oklahoma State offered, and Mead said he intends to be at OSU’s junior day Feb. 26.

“It’s a good feeling,” Mead said about having both in-state powers offer him. “It makes you take a step back. It’s quite an honor. Not a lot of kids have the choice of where they want to go.”

Mead also has a Clemson offer, but he excels at basketball and baseball, too. He said he is receiving three or four letters per week from OU for basketball but has not taken an unofficial visit to any of the games this season.

While his family is all about the Sooners, Mead didn’t want to rush a decision.

“I don’t know what else is going to happen,” he said. “I didn’t want to lock myself in to something this early when there’s still so many other possibilities.”