Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Q&A: DE Brailford talks summer camps
By Bob Przybylo
The Oklahoma high school scene already has two prospects rated in the ESPN 150, but there are several more who are starting to get attention, too.
When Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington defensive end Jordan Brailford visited Oklahoma for its junior day in February, he didn’t have any offers. Entering the spring evaluation period, Brailford now has offers from Tulsa, Baylor and Washington State.
Brailford was invited to OU’s spring game two weeks ago but was unable to attend. Following a trip to Oklahoma State last weekend, Brailford is ready to take it easy and see what college coaches will be coming to town during the evaluation period.
In-state defensive end Jordan Brailford has three offers but is taking his time.
SoonerNation: How was everything at Oklahoma State last weekend?
Jordan Brailford: It was real good. I was able to talk to some of the coaches, and they said they would see me in the spring. They like my speed coming off the ball. The atmosphere was really great in Stillwater. It was a fun trip.
SN: What other spring games were you invited to attend?
Brailford: I got invited to OU and Tennessee. I wanted to go to OU but couldn’t make it. Tennessee was too far away.
SN: A lot of schools are entering the picture. What schools have said they’re going to watch you in the spring?
Brailford: Baylor, Oklahoma State, OU, Washington State, Kansas State and Tulsa and that’s it right now. It’s going to be a busy spring.
SN: You were also at the Nike Football Training Combine event three weeks ago. What did you learn from that?
Brailford: It was a lot of fun. I did real good with the one-on-ones, but I didn’t test real well. I definitely saw that I belong with the best.
SN: What schools are talking to you the most right now?
Brailford: Some of the schools have been talking to me, but Baylor is the only one that’s talking to me on a regular basis.
SN: That OU visit sort of opened the door for you. What was that like?
Brailford: That was a great trip. I grew up an OU fan because my sister went there. But that’s when I was a little kid. I don’t have any favorites right now because I want to be open to all schools that have an interest.
SN: Still early, but have you thought about what summer camps you might attend?
Brailford: Anywhere close is probably where I’m going to go. The distance doesn’t really matter, but I’ll definitely look at the camps at OSU and OU. But it’s too early for me to know exactly where I’m going to go for the camps.
SN: What’s the biggest difference with you now compared to at the end of last season?
Brailford: I’ve gotten a lot stronger than I was the season before. I’ve gained about 20 pounds. I’m 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds right now. Coaches have said I’m at a pretty good weight, and I feel pretty comfortable right now.