Oklahoma football: How Tulsa Union's Jeffery Mead, Carson Meier went from hoop dreams to future D-1 receivers

Tulsa Union's big, tall duo of pass catchers — who committed to Oklahoma exactly a month apart from one another this summer — harbored hoops dreams long before the gridiron became their clearest path to big-time college athletics.
by Jason Kersey Modified: July 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm •  Published: July 1, 2013
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photo - TULSA UNION / PLAYOFFS: Union's Jeffery Mead tries to make a catch as Santa Fe's Trevan Smith defends during the high school football game between Edmond Santa Fe and Union at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla.,  Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
TULSA UNION / PLAYOFFS: Union's Jeffery Mead tries to make a catch as Santa Fe's Trevan Smith defends during the high school football game between Edmond Santa Fe and Union at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

But before either future Sooner gets too far ahead of himself, Tulsa Union's football and basketball programs have state championships they'd like to reclaim.

The Redskins won four straight Class 6A football titles before being knocked out in last year's semifinals by archrival Jenks. Tulsa Union also failed to repeat as Class 6A boys basketball state champions, losing in the quarterfinals to Putnam City.

“It's really important,” Meier said. “All I think about is winning state — not only in football, but also in basketball. I'd like to go out of here with rings.

“I know our whole team is focusing on it. We know Jenks, Broken Arrow and Owasso will all be tough. We've gotta train harder than they do.”

Lots of elite high-school athletes choose to focus on one sport — especially once they've decided the direction they'll go at the next level.

Some coaches strongly encourage such dedication to one sport, but Fridrich said that's never been his style.

“It's fun to watch them play basketball,” Fridrich said. “Here at Union, I've always said that if you can compete and have a chance to help a team win a championship, we want you to go do that.

“That's kind of rare sometimes these days, the way kids specialize and go into one sport. In some cases, maybe they need to. But with these guys, they're able to be on top of their game in both sports. I think they should do those things.”


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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Players who have committed to OU

Player; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; Hometown (School)

Alex Dalton; OL; 6-4; 280; Troy, Ohio (Troy)

Brandon Glenn; DL; 6-3; 274; Irving, Texas (Ranchview)

Marcus Green; DB; 6-1; 176; Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill)

Justice Hansen; QB; 6-3; 200; Edmond (Edmond Santa Fe)

Vontre McQuinnie; DB; 6-1; 204; Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster)

Jeffery Mead; WR; 6-6; 179; Tulsa (Union)

Carson Meier; TE; 6-7; 220; Tulsa (Union)

Samaje Perine; RB; 6-0; 213; Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson)

Dallis Todd; WR; 6-5; 205; La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada)

Tito Windham; DB; 5-11; 181; Gulfport, Miss. (Harrison Central)

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