Thursday, February 21, 2013
OKPreps 14 for '14: DE Jordan Brailford
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.
DE Jordan Brailford (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington, 6-3, 210) 2012 stats: 98 tackles, 11 sacks.
There’s no shortage of quality defensive ends for the 2014 class, but OU is keeping all of its options open with Brailford.
Seen primarily as a defensive end at Tulsa Booker T. Washington, the Sooners see that same type of versatility they saw in 2013 signee Dominique Alexander, also from Booker T. Washington.
Brailford showed up to OU’s junior day earlier this month with the defensive ends, but OU coach Bob Stoops had another question for him.
“They brought me up to Coach Stoops’ office, and he asked if I could play any other positions,” Brailford said. “I told him I could play outside linebacker, too. It doesn’t really matter to me.”
Brailford said he feels comfortable at both defensive end and outside linebacker so right now he truly doesn’t have a preference for which position to play.
He got to learn all about the recruiting process by watching Alexander and all the drama that unfolded during his recruitment. Committed to OU since November, Alexander scared a lot of OU fans with trips to Arkansas and Kansas State but still signed with OU.
“Dominique kept calm about everything,” Brailford said. “He knew where he wanted to go the entire time even though people kept saying other stuff.”
Brailford said right now OU, Oklahoma State and Kansas State are the three schools looking at him the most. He grew up an OU fan and his older sister attends the university.
But Brailford’s recruitment is only starting to heat up, and you’ll have to forgive him if he wants to see what else is out there.
“I’ve been to two OU games and two Arkansas games,” Brailford said. “I haven’t been anywhere else. OSU recently started recruiting me as a weakside defensive end. I want to explore my options.”
Brailford said Washington State has also started to show preliminary interest. He would love to join Alexander at OU because he’s familiar with the school. The same can be said about the Wildcats with Tyler Lockett and Dante Barnett both alums of Tulsa Booker T. Washington.
Ultimately, though, it’s going to be about where he can be the most successful.
“Whatever position the coaches think I can excel and where I think I can excel, that’s where I’m going to go,” Brailford said. “It doesn’t matter how far away it is. As long as I’m comfortable, that’s where I’ll be.”
Brailford’s main contact with OU was former defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp, but he said he is not worried about building a new relationship with Shipp’s replacement.