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Super 30 No. 9: Del City's Jamelle Naff goes from unknown to hot commodity

Del City offensive lineman Jamelle Naff has exploded onto the scene the last couple of months.
By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: June 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm •  Published: June 29, 2010
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Some recruits knew exactly what they were getting into. Studs like Millwood's Josh Turner and Guthrie's Kentrell Brothers have known for a while the summer was going to be an extremely busy one.

Del City offensive lineman Jamelle Naff wasn't in that category. While scouts were knocking down doors of others, Naff didn't have one offer in March.

That seems like a long time ago for the Eagles star. It started with Missouri in April, and it's exploded ever since.

In less than two months, Naff has gone from zero offers to eight and has earned the No. 9 spot on The Oklahoman's top 30 football recruits for 2011.

"This has been crazy. It's just been one school after another," Naff said. "I'm just so new to it, but it's been fun."

It's tough to explain how scouts can miss out on someone who is 6-foot-4 and more than 300 pounds, but that was the case for a long time.

It wasn't until the middle of last season that Naff's name even started to come up in conversations, and all it did was fire up Naff.

"I think it started with that first letter — it told me this was possible," Naff said. "I had always wanted to go to college, but I never thought a full-ride scholarship was out there. I'm definitely blessed."

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The Oklahoman's Super 30

No. 9 Jamelle Naff

School: Del City

Height: 6-4

Weight: 311 pounds

Position: Offensive lineman

Offers: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, TCU, Tulsa, Wyoming

Did you know? The No. 1 stat to show how far Naff has come in a short time: Naff went from being unknown by most schools to now being ranked the No. 16 offensive guard in the nation, according to Rivals.com.

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