OU football recruiting: Jordan Smallwood will always remember signing day

When Smallwood got out of the car at Jenks High School, he was singing “Boomer Sooner.”
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: February 6, 2013

TULSA —  Jordan Smallwood ran into his parents' room at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and shook them awake.

He ran downstairs and turned on ESPN's coverage of National Signing Day. He started shouting for his mom. The Oklahoma wide receiver commit's name was scrolling along the ticker tape of ESPNU.

At 7:07 a.m., the Jenks star signed his letter of intent to play for the Sooners.

At 7:40 a.m., he faxed his letter.

“That moment, I'll just always remember it,” Smallwood said. “My journey starts there.”

Then, when his mom dropped him off for his signing at Jenks High School's gymnasium, she said he got out of the car singing Oklahoma's fight song.

The 6-foot-2, 197 pound Sooner commit was ranked No. 11 in The Oklahoman's Super 30. He contributed 48 catches, 847 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior season for the Trojans.

Smallwood is known among his teammates, his coaches, his friends and his family as a selfless guy.

“If we're about to go to weights, but his parents ask him to baby-sit, he never complains,” Smallwoods' friend and track teammate Mason Hayes said. Smallwood is the oldest of five kids, including Julian, 14, Jayden, 9, and Christopher and Christian, 6. “It's just, ‘Yes, sir,' or ‘Yes, ma'am.'”

“He has a good heart,” his mom said. “Jordan is a person who is determined and will give the shirt off of his back. He's a true team player even at home.”

Shannon and Ryan Smallwood, Jordan's parents, believe their son will make a seamless transition into Jay Norvell's wide receiving corps.

 “He'd play offensive guard if you asked him too,” Ryan said.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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