Tulsa Washington's Jordan Brailford likes what he sees happening with the Oklahoma State football program. And OSU likes the 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end, too.
“Oklahoma State is on the come-up right now. Recruiting is getting better. They're starting to win more,” said Brailford, a defensive line selection on The Oklahoman's All-State team who has been committed to OSU since the summer. “And they really wanted me.
“So I just thought it was a good choice.”
Once he gets to OSU, Brailford will get back to the business of defensive end. As offenses began to scheme around him early in the season, Tulsa Washington switched to a 3-4 defense and moved Brailford to inside linebacker.
There, it became much tougher to game-plan for him, and he finished with over 100 tackles.
“It was a whole lot easier than defensive end; made a whole lot more tackles,” Brailford said with a laugh.
The defensive change sparked a seven-win season in the Hornets' second year in Class 6A, where they're one of the smallest schools.
“It was an up-and-down season, but we knew we could play, so we knew we needed to kick it in gear,” Brailford said. “We had a real good team and beat some good teams this year.”
Brailford was selected for the Semper Fidelis All-America game in the Los Angeles area, which he was scheduled to play in on Saturday.