JENKS — Six weeks ago, Jenks receiver Jordan Smallwood had no idea what direction his recruiting would take him.
Wyoming was the biggest school to extend a scholarship offer, but the 6-foot-2, 197-pound wideout was hoping for bigger opportunities.
However, that hope was also clouded by some doubts, especially where his No. 1 school, Oklahoma, was concerned.
“At first, I doubted myself. I didn't think I was good enough to play there,” said Smallwood, who is No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30. “I heard about their camp and decided to go, just give it my all and see what happens.”
A couple of days after a strong showing at the camp, Smallwood had the OU offer he had always dreamed of. And a couple days after that, he was committed to the Sooners.
“I realized all I had to do was relax and go play, just show what I could do,” he said. “When it happened, it took awhile for me to get it in my mind and understand it. It was a great experience going through the camp. I got to talk to Coach (Bob) Stoops. I loved every minute of it.”
It doesn't take long to see that Smallwood is a unique talent, with good size and strength backed by a 4.49-second 40-yard dash time.
“When they saw me, I think they saw a big guy, somebody they can use in a lot of ways,” he said. “My size played a big role for me, but you've got to have the skills and work hard.”
Smallwood had 50 catches for 726 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, and he could get a few more passes coming his way in the fall.
“Maybe we'll throw a little more,” he said. “But we're still the same team. We've still got good running backs out there.”
Smallwood knows what part of his game he wants to focus on most before heading to campus in Norman next fall — because he has his sights set on playing as a true freshman.
“I want to learn more about defenses and know them better,” he said. “I want to be able to react to situations quicker. Everything will be quicker at the next level, and the guys will be stronger, so I've got to be able to read things quicker, too.”
Coming up: The Oklahoman's Super 30
The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 11, Jenks receiver Jordan Smallwood. Here are the last three players we've written about in the series:
No. 14: Carlos Freeman, Midwest City
No. 13: Ben Oberste, Sallisaw
No. 12: Dominique Alexander, Tulsa Washington
Up next: Check out No. 10 on the Super 30 list, a speedy, powerful linebacker who accounted for 108 tackles on one of the toughest defenses in the state last season. Who is he? See Friday's Oklahoman to find out.
No. 11: Jordan Smallwood
Weight: 197 pounds
Position: Wide receiver
Committed to: Oklahoma on June 7