Like most receivers, Tulsa Union's Jeffery Mead isn't shy about admitting he wants the ball.
And at 6-foot-6 with a 35-inch vertical, it's hard to argue with throwing it in the direction of The Oklahoman's All-State wide receiver.
“I have good length and knowing how to use it helps a lot,” Mead said. “A lot of it is jumping, too. I'm able to jump and get above people, but my length also helps a lot in being able to go catch the ball.”
Mead, who is verbally committed to OU, showed drastic improvement in his production on the field during his senior season. He nearly doubled his numbers from the previous year in all receiving categories with 65 catches for 1,098 yards and 14 touchdowns.
A great connection with OU receivers coach Jay Norvell, as well as the commitment of Tulsa Union tight end Carson Meier is what attracted Mead to the Sooners.
“I felt like there was a good connection with me at OU,” Mead said. “I want to major in business, and I felt like I would have a lot of opportunities with that from going to OU. And Carson going there, who I grew up playing ball with, also helps a lot.”
Mead is part of an impressive class of tall receivers — which includes Scottsdale, Ariz., native Mark Andrews and Dallis Todd out of La Mirada, Calif. — currently verbally committed to OU. All three are at least 6-foot-5.
With the Sooners losing three of their top five receivers from the 2013 season, all three will have a chance at competing for immediate playing time. But Mead says he's not opposed to a redshirt season either as he remains focused on fulfilling his potential by any means necessary.
“I'm very excited,” Mead said. “It should be great. I hear we have a good recruiting class. I feel like we'll be able to sharpen each other and it'll be a good experience for everyone.”