Thursday, May 16, 2013
Q&A: 2014 Okla. WR Adams on Sooners
By Bob Przybylo
MOORE, Okla. -- It has been a couple of years since Oklahoma recruited at Moore (Okla.) Southmoore. OU hit the school hard with prospects like quarterback Kendal Thompson, defensive back Julian Wilson and tight end Austin Haywood.
The Sooners have a reason to return with Class of 2014 wide receiver Jalen Adams. He has made several unofficial visits to OU, including last month for the spring game.
Already with an offer from Tulsa, Adams said schools such as Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Stanford are showing constant interest. Adams, who had 39 receptions for 766 yards and eight touchdowns last season, will be at OU’s football camp in two weeks.
Class of 2014 receiver Jalen Adams, who has an offer from Tulsa, is receiving interest from Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Stanford.
SoonerNation: Back at it for spring football, what’s the biggest difference for you entering the spring compared to last year?
Jalen Adams: I’ve grown a lot, not just physically. I’m a lot more mature. Last season was a good season, but I’m ready for this to be an even bigger standout year.
SN: You have the offer from Tulsa. Have you had an opportunity to see the campus yet?
Adams: Not yet. We’re going to a team camp in Tulsa in June, and that’s when I’m hoping to visit the campus and see the facilities.
SN: I know you were able to make it to OU’s spring game. What’s your relationship right now with the OU coaching staff?
Adams: It’s good. I talk with coach [Josh] Heupel every now and then. They are good people, and it’s like a family there. I really enjoyed the environment at the spring game. The atmosphere there is always good. It’s like that at other places, too, but it’s like that every time at OU.
SN: You’re getting a lot of feedback from coaches, what have they been stressing for you to improve?
Adams: My speed. Not just my vertical speed. It’s my side-to-side speed. They want to see me be able to have better lateral quickness.
SN: What are some of the biggest factors that are affecting your recruitment?
Adams: I want to go somewhere where I’m really wanted. I don’t just want to be another guy on the roster. I want to make a difference. Education means a lot to me, and I want to feel like I’m a part of a family.
SN: Same school as OU players Kendal Thompson and Julian Wilson. What does that mean to you?
Adams: It’s really cool, and it’s honor to see them play for OU knowing they got their start here, too. It shows what I can do and what is possible.
SN: Do you still keep in touch with them?
Adams: I do. I talk to them about once every couple of weeks. They keep telling me to be patient and that it will happen. Kendal was here last weekend throwing. We have a good relationship.