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Monday, February 18, 2013
OKPreps 14 for '14: WR Jalen Adams

By Bob Przybylo

Is the Class of 2014 crop of in-state talent the best Oklahoma has seen since 2006? With six recruits in the ESPN Watch List, it’s shaping up to be a busy recruiting year in the Sooner State. For the next three weeks, SoonerNation is going to profile the OKPreps’ 14 for ’14: a look at some of the top names and where they stand with OU.

WR Jalen Adams (Moore, Okla./Southmoore, 5-11, 165)
2012 stats: 39 catches for 766 yards, 8 touchdowns.

Southmoore has been kind to OU before in the form of defensive back Julian Wilson and quarterback Kendal Thompson.

Adams might be the next SaberCat heading south to Norman. Not much was really known about Adams heading into his junior season but his performances have helped him emerged as one of the top receiver names in the state.

But if you’re going to be seriously considered by OU at receiver, eventually you have to get to know wide receivers coach Jay Norvell.

Adams, originally recruited by OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, got the chance to know Norvell a lot more two weeks ago at junior day.

“Coach Norvell said he likes how explosive I am with the ball, and they like my speed and versatility,” Adams said.

Adams started to catch the eye of OU coaches as the season progressed. He made unofficial visits to OU for the final two home games against Baylor and Oklahoma State.

For those visits, though, Adams didn’t get to really experience the visit atmosphere. Junior day was different and Adams was able to soak in everything.

“I never really noticed just how many championships OU has,” Adams said. “The indoor facilities are really nice. It’s definitely in my top schools.”

Norvell hasn’t been bashful with wide receiver offers, and the Sooners already have the commitment of one Watch List receiver commit in Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City) so it remains to be seen if Adams will fit into OU’s plans.

Even if he doesn’t, he is definitely starting to rack up some options. He already has an offer from Tulsa and Oklahoma State has asked him to come to a spring practice.

His connection with Wilson is paying off for him, too. Adams said he is able to fully understand what OU is like because of Wilson’s honesty.

“I stay in touch with Julian a lot,” Adams said. “He can give me some info on the program that not a lot of other recruits can get.”

Wilson, who has steadily improved each season with the Sooners, has preached to Adams the same thing the coaches have told recruits. If you work hard and do things the right way, opportunities are there to succeed.

Adams was known as a home run threat for Moore Southmoore, averaging nearly 20 yards per reception in 2012. He doesn’t mind being known for that, but he wants people to know there is more to his game than that.

“I never expected to do as well as I did as a junior, but I don’t just want to be known as that vertical threat,” Adams said. “I’m just going to keep working harder.”