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Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell encourages recruits to play lots of high school sports

by Jason Kersey Published: August 19, 2014
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NORMAN — You would think major college football coaches discourage high school athletes from playing multiple sports and persuade them to focus on football exclusively.

Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell does exactly the opposite.

“I love to see them play more sports,” Norvell said. “Kids that don’t specialize — kids that play a lot of sports — improve more in college because now they’re just focusing on one thing, and you can really see them make a huge jump.”

Norvell has spoken in the past about how much he loves going to watch recruits play high-school basketball.

Freshman wide receiver Jeffery Mead was a multi-sport standout at Tulsa Union, playing football, basketball and baseball. The big, tall wideout has impressed Norvell with his understanding of the game so far and his route running.

“He really studies the game,” Norvell said. “He has that type of mind where he’s really gonna understand what we ask him to do, and he asks the right questions.

“He’s improving very quickly. Smart, athletic guys end up being really good players and we’re excited about Jeffery.”

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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