One day can change a recruit’s life forever. For wide receiver Jordan Smallwood, it was the camp at Oklahoma last June.
He entered the day with Wyoming as his only notable offer. Four days later, he was committed to the Sooners.
Smallwood carried that chip on his shoulder into his senior season, helping Jenks (Okla.) High win a state championship.
Prior to his arrival on campus, Smallwood talked to SoonerNation one more time about what he expects at OU.
SoonerNation: Who is your roommate going to be?
Jordan Smallwood: Quarterback Cody Thomas.
SN: Wait, what? I had never heard of you and Cody as being buddy-buddy. How did this all happen?
Smallwood: It just sort of happened that way. Coach [Josh] Heupel got us talking. I didn’t have a roommate. He didn’t have a roommate. Last time I talked to him was the spring game. I know he’s ready to play at OU as much as I am.
SN: What have the coaches told you about what your potential role could be this season?
Smallwood: To come down there and compete. If I can learn the system, I can get on the field. If nothing else, I’ll definitely play some special teams this year.
SN: When did you know in your heart OU was the place for you?
Smallwood: After the very first game I went to. After seeing them play, even though it was the Notre Dame loss, I knew. Watching them play and perform and compete, I knew that was the place for me. It was home.
SN: What do you expect for your first year at OU?
Smallwood: To learn a lot of new things. A lot of things. Coming from Jenks, it’s a great school, but it’s a big step going from high school to OU.
SN: Who is going to help you out with that transition?
SN: What do you want your legacy to be when you leave OU?
Smallwood: That I gave it everything I got 100 percent of the time. I want to go down as one of the best wide receivers to go through OU.
SN: I know when you committed to OU, you had that chip on your shoulder about the lack of big-time offers. At this point, though, is it all water under the bridge?
Smallwood: It was God’s plan. I can’t really complain about it. You’re right, it’s not really a chip on my shoulder anymore. This is my assignment now. Now it’s up to me for what happens.
SN: The Jenks pipeline is strong with Alex Ross, yourself, and of course OU is looking at four-star safety Steven Parker for 2014 and defensive tackle Marquise Overton for 2015. What are your thoughts on recruiting kids from your high school?
Smallwood: Que [Overton] keeps saying he’s going to meet me there at OU so nothing really needs to be said. Steven is different, though. I’ve been leaving him alone and letting him do his own thing. I know he’ll make the right choice for himself. I hope it’s OU.
SN: Let’s look way into the future. Whenever I would talk with your father, he would talk about you and your younger brother, Julian. He’s going into the ninth grade this fall. Is he going to be better than you?
Smallwood: Julian is going to be better than me.
SN: Wait, you admit it?
Smallwood: Yeah, I don’t have a problem with it. It’s crazy how big he is already. I know he’s already talking about going to camps this summer. I’m glad I could open the door for him, and I’m excited to see what he does.