Mead and Meier became close as middle-school basketball teammates, but Mead said he never felt tempted to rush his commitment — even after Meier pledged to the Sooners in May.
“I wanted to wait, and I did plan to wait longer than I did,” Mead said. “But everything seemed right and I wanted to secure my spot.”
Mead's height has been important in his development as a basketball player, as well. He was Union's leading scorer on its Class 6A state tournament team last year, and said he has no plans to give up basketball for his senior season.
He actually always expected he'd star on the collegiate hardwood one day, but said the decision to focus on football became easy this spring.
“When the offers started coming, we figured it out,” Mead said with a laugh. “It was pretty simple once the offers started coming.”
He chose OU offer scholarship offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, among others.
“I like the overall feel,” he said of OU. “I wanted to stay close to home so my family can come see me play. Me and Carson are good friends and would like to room together. It's good to go somewhere where you have people you know and can trust.”
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No. 7: Jeffery Mead
School: Tulsa Union
Position: Wide receiver
Committed to: Oklahoma, June 22