“My goal is to go in there and start as a freshman,” Smallwood said. “I think I compare to Justin Brown. He's long and lanky like I am.
“I always paid attention to Jerry Rice growing up. I know he's smaller and quicker, but I always tried to watch him and mimic some of the things he did that made him so successful.”
Smallwood becomes even harder to cover because of his precise route-running skills, another quality that could help him get on the field early at OU.
“He's a physical specimen,” Trimble said. “He's so explosive and can get away from people. That's trouble at any level when you've got a guy who can do that, with such long arms and a big body.
“He'll still have to grow into the sport, but he's got amazing physical talent, and a great work ethic. The coaches at OU will love him.”