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.
Sounds like a Bob Stoops kind of kid.
Yet, it's unclear right now if Jordan will contribute right away. Although receivers Justin Brown graduated and Kenny Stills left for the NFL Draft, the Sooners have a deep list of talented wide receivers remaining on the roster, including two seniors, Jalen Saunders and LaColtan Bester, and two sophomores, Durron Neal and Sterling Shepard.
“(Norvell) said hopefully I can get some time to play and if I have to get redshirted, then I have to,” Jordan said. “But if I come in there strong minded, then I can play.”
But for now, Jordan and his family used twos word to describe National Signing Day: “relief” and “a blessing.”
“It's been a long process,” he said. “A long journey. In the beginning, you never know who you're going to end with, but to sign with a school, it's an opportunity that's really big. It is a big blessing.”
Jordan's father, dressed in an Oklahoma cream vest, said: “He's ready to get down to OU and accumulated to the practice schedule. He's been training a lot.”
At his school's ceremony, dressed in an Oklahoma football shirt and ball cap and surrounded by seven other teammates and their families, Jordan ceremoniously signed his name.
When the applause ended, he turned around and looked at his mom: “It's official,” he said. “It's done.”