Oklahoma recruiting: Baylor commit has a choice to make; Jeffery Mead gets OU offer

Offensive lineman Dionte Savage has been committed to the Bears since Jan. 20 — but he has since taken visits to OU, Texas Tech and Kansas.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: February 3, 2013


photo - Tulsa 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'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

“He's gonna get a lot of looks,” Thomas said. “He might be undersized, but with his playing ability and athleticism, he's just unbelievable.

“I know I'm gonna talk to OU coaches about him. Maybe let him play some slot receiver. When you have a playmaker like that, it just changes the game.”

Deboskie said he hasn't received any scholarship offers yet, but has been talking lots with Arizona coaches.

“You throw him a 5-yard pass, and he can break it,” Thomas said. “No doubt about it.”

CANADIAN-BORN ST. JOHN READY FOR THE BIG-TIME

Josiah St. John watched his first major college football game Oct. 27, when Notre Dame and Oklahoma clashed in Norman.

“It was kinda crazy to me,” said the Canadian-born St. John, a junior college offensive tackle who plans to sign with OU on Wednesday.

“Just how crazy the fans are about the game, how into they are, in the United States, and in the Big 12.”

St. John (6-foot-6, 305 pounds) played 12-man football at Pickering High School in Toronto, and originally signed with Fresno (Calif.) City College.

He began picking up big-time offers after his freshman season, but wasn't ready academically for Division I.

Through Philadelphia Eagles lineman Danny Watkins — another Canadian, who played college football at Baylor — St. John's high school coach got in touch with the Trinity Valley staff.

“He said, ‘He's got thirty-something offers, but his transcript isn't the prettiest in the world; can you help him?'” remembered Trinity Valley coach Brad Smiley. “We said, ‘Yeah, we can help him.'”

St. John will join the Sooners after he wraps up his classes this semester at Trinity Valley, and said he expects to compete for a starting job.

“That's what they've talked to me about,” St. John said of offensive line coaches Bruce Kittle and James Patton.

“They're basically gonna let me come in and compete.”

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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