Wednesday, May 22, 2013
RB Booty has fresh start in Oklahoma
By Bob Przybylo
JENKS, Okla. -- Jenks (Okla.) High returned to the mountaintop in 2012. After losing their first two games, the Trojans won their next 12 and were dominant en route to another Oklahoma Class 6A championship. It was their first title since 2007.
Jenks doesn’t need any help, but it’s getting some in running back transfer Cameron Booty.
Class of 2014 running back Cameron Booty is focused on his grades at Jenks.
Booty, who is 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, moved from Richardson, Texas, to the Tulsa area in late March. He was ruled eligible and practiced with Jenks during the spring.
“I’m just trying to catch up, but they all made me feel real comfortable,” Booty said. “They really love the game here. They want it, and coaches expect more from you.”
Booty got his feet wet with track season, running as fast as 10.7 in the 100 meters. But it’s on the football field where he should make the biggest difference.
Booty was no slouch at Richardson (Texas) High. He had 83 carries for 736 yards and six touchdowns, averaging nearly nine yards per carry. He caught 11 passes for 149 yards and two more scores.
On the field, he was fine. It was off the field where he encountered the issues. He was living with his mother in Richardson but couldn’t keep his head on straight. His numbers, though solid, could have been higher had he not missed parts of the season because of eligibility issues.
It was part of the reason for the move.
“I was living in Texas with my mother. But I felt that if I was going to make it in my life, it was time to live with my father in Tulsa,” Booty said. “We talked about it as a family and decided it would be best.”
Before Booty transferred to Jenks, he was getting letters from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Now that he’s in the state, the Sooners are charging hard.
Booty said he talked to OU running backs coach Cale Gundy on the phone for the first time last week, and Gundy asked Booty to attend OU’s one-day camp June 2. Booty said he is excited about the opportunity.
The one-day camp was a perfect combo for Jenks and OU last summer. Wide receiver Jordan Smallwood’s only major offer was Wyoming heading to the camp. Following an impressive performance, Smallwood was offered and committed four days later.
Booty doesn’t have any offers, but that should change now that things are going in the right direction.
“I’m focused on my grades,” Booty said. “I can make it. I will make it. I’m ready to step in here and do anything that is asked of me.”
Booty had heard of Jenks from its national reputation. And he had heard of this year’s Jenks team because of Steven Parker, a four-star safety. And Parker is excited to see what Booty brings to the table.
“I’m pumped to see Cameron play,” Parker said. “I think he’s going to be a great addition to the team. He can make a lot of special things happen. It’s going to be fun.”