Super 30: Southmoore's Jalen Adams is a family man

Wide receiver's world doesn't just revolve around football.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: July 12, 2013
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— Jalen Adams smiled as his little sister repeated after him and said her name into the lens of a camera.

Adams had spent the last hour talking about his family as they bustled around. His grandmother watched television as his grandfather sat at the dining-room table. His mom fed the dogs as his little sister clung to the leg of her aunt. His son, 7-month-old Jeremiah, giggled, gurgled and smiled on his girlfriend's lap.

This is the Southmoore wide receiver's world: his family. He is a self-proclaimed family man. He is also one of the state's best wide receivers. That's why he is No. 16 on The Oklahoman's 2013 Super 30 list of the top football recruits in the state.

“My family is very supportive, they're always here for me,” Adams said. “They want to see me excel and go to somewhere where I can get the best education and play football too.”

Family and football have always been two big things in Adams' life. He loves movement. That's why when he's on the field he's running routes, while at home nothing ever seems to settle. A binky is falling, a dog is barking, a family member is moving.

He had a junior season where he had 766 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Then in the offseason, he was accepted into National Honor Society. A member must have above a 3.5 GPA. After talking about family, Adams talked about academics before moving onto football.

“Academics have always been a big thing in my family,” he said. “We are a big football family and we gather together to watch games, but I know a good education will help me get a good job. One day I know I'll have to support my family with a job other than football.”


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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The Oklahoman's Super 30: No. 16

Name: Jalen Adams

School: Southmoore

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 160 pounds

Position: Wide receiver

Recruited by: Offer list keeps growing, now including Air Force, Tulsa, North Texas, Ohio, Indiana, New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State and UT-San Antonio.

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