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Football recruiting notebook: Busy official visit weekend for OSU

At least 19 prospects were scheduled for their official visits, making for one of OSU's biggest recruiting weekends of the year. Among them were Rennie Childs and Tyus Bowser.
by Scott Wright and John Helsley and Jason Kersey Modified: January 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013


Jordan Smallwood is the 11th player from Jenks to earn an Oklahoma football scholarship since Allan Trimble became the Trojans' head coach in 1996.

But Smallwood is unique among Trimble's Trojans-turned-Sooners; he's the first receiver in the group.

Former Jenks players Matt McCoy, Bobby Klinck and Jason Carter caught passes in high school, but went to college as defenders.

Smallwood (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) caught 48 passes for 835 yards and 11 touchdowns this season for Jenks, which won the Class 6A state championship.

He played for the winning East team in the Jan. 4 Semper Fi All-American Bowl, and grabbed a 42-yard pass on the first play of the game.

“It's been a lot of fun to watch him mature physically,” Trimble said. “He's just a physical specimen.

“And then on the other side, he's really matured as a young man. He goes out every day and works at his skill. I've just kinda seen an evolvement in his emotional maturity too.”

Smallwood is one of four wide receiver commitments in Oklahoma's 2013 recruiting class, joining Cavil, Young and Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas).


The recruiting process is closing with a flurry for Bishop McGuinness receiver Cody Chancellor. Both Oklahoma and OSU have invited him for official visits this month, and Ohio had already set up a trip for the 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior.

Chancellor left Oklahoma City after a basketball game Friday afternoon to head to Stillwater for his visit with the Cowboys.

He will go to OU next week, where he has already been offered a position as a preferred walk-on. And he'll be at Ohio on the final weekend before signing day on Feb. 6. Ohio offensive coordinator Tim Albin made an in-home visit to see Chancellor on Thursday.

“This all has happened at once,” Chancellor said. “It's exciting. When I was a sophomore, I never thought I'd be getting recruited like this. It's kind of fun. I'm trying to take it all in and enjoy it.”

Chancellor, an Oklahoman All-State selection, finished his senior season with 1,397 yards and 21 touchdowns on 61 catches in helping the Irish to the Class 5A semifinals.



OSU defensive back commitment Darius Curry (Flowery Branch, Ga.) has recently lived somewhat vicariously through his older brother, C.J. Curry, a receiver for the Cowboys who had his true freshman season cut short by a shoulder injury.


But Darius' most recent trip to Stillwater was all about himself, as he was part of the large group of recruits making their official visit over the weekend.


Darius, a three-star prospect, told Rivals before the visit he was most looking forward to spending time with the other recruits and talking with newly promoted defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.

“I want to see what kind of direction he's trying to take the defense,” Darius said, “if he's trying to stay with the regular scheme, or if he's going to go to some other things.”

Darius has remained a solid commitment to the Cowboys despite recent interest from Louisville, a school he visited last month.

“I'm 100 percent committed to Oklahoma State,” he told Rivals. “Louisville is a great school and they've come to visit me a lot these past few weeks. And of course it keeps me thinking a little bit, but at the end of the day, I'm a Cowboy.”


Newly hired defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements isn't wasting any time hitting the recruiting trail for Oklahoma State.

Clements, whose hiring was announced Jan. 13, was in Frontenac, Kan., Thursday night to watch Douglass junior defensive end prospect Deondre Clark in a basketball tournament, according to Clark's mother, Dorshell.

Clark, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, is one of three Oklahoma players in the 2014 class with an offer from OSU. OU, Notre Dame, LSU, Texas and several others have offered him as well.

He is the older brother of OSU basketball signee Stephen Clark, currently a senior at Douglass.

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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