While emerging as a standout football player at Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Miss., Tito Windham began to imagine himself playing in the SEC one day.
By the time his junior year came around he specifically had his sights set on LSU, but the Tigers were never interested in the 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback.
“I talked to the (defensive backs) coach at LSU for him and he told me they were looking for bigger DB's to play against those bigger, run-oriented offenses in the SEC,” said Harrison Central coach Steve Jones. “I told him after that if he gets an offer from a Big 12 school that might be a good fit for you.”
When that offer came from Oklahoma, the three-star cornerback jumped at the opportunity. He chose the Sooners over Florida State, Southern Miss, and Louisiana-Lafayette.
In Windham, OU will be getting not only a supposedly undersized corner with something to prove, but also a well-educated student of the game.
“He's way ahead of the game compared to any other high school defensive back I've coached in 35 years,” Jones said. “He always understands what the offense is trying to do. He played some quarterback for us and so he kind of understands the game from that perspective as well and I think it's really beneficial to him playing in the secondary.
“He studies the game, knows how to study the film, and that side of it isn't going to be a big adjustment for him in college.”
Despite Windham's size, his highlight film serves as evidence he's not afraid to come up and make a hit on an opposing ball carrier.
“He's a pretty good hitter. He's might not have great size, but he hits probably a lot like 225-pound linebacker,” Jones said. “He's just a football player. That's the best way to describe him.”
* Hometown/school: Gulfport, Miss./Harrison Central
* Position: Cornerback
* Height, Weight: 5-10, 175
* Stars: Rivals - 3; Scout - 3; ESPN - 3
* Twitter: @HisName_Tito