If ever a play was a microcosm of a player, it happened Friday night for Oklahoma wide receiver commit Jordan Smallwood (Jenks, Okla./Jenks).
Smallwood, a three-star recruit whose only other offer was to Wyoming, played with that chip on his shoulder throughout his senior season.
In the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship against Norman (Okla.) North, Jenks faced a fourth-and-2 from the Norman North 27-yard line.
Smallwood, who is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, showed exactly what he will bring to the table when he gets to Norman, Okla., in 2013. He caught the sideline route for the first down, then stiff-armed a defender on the way to a touchdown. Jenks rolled to the gold ball with a 55-20 victory, its first championship in five years.
“I didn’t want to end my career without a championship,” Smallwood said. “Everything that’s happened led to this moment. I’m going to enjoy it.”
Smallwood had four catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns in the championship game.
Jenks had been looking up at rival Tulsa (Okla.) Union lately. Tulsa Union was the four-time defending state champions, and beat Jenks in the first week of the season. Revenge was sweet for Smallwood and Jenks in a dominant, 41-10 victory in the semifinals.
Jenks closed the season 12-2, winning its last 12 games. Smallwood said the second loss of the season woke the team up.
Going against Texas powerhouse DeSoto, Smallwood missed the game with a shoulder injury and DeSoto pulled away in the second half.
“We didn’t like that,” Smallwood said. “We would love another shot at them, but all we could do was focus on us and getting that championship.”
Smallwood finished the season with 48 catches for 834 yards and 11 touchdowns. Now he’s ready to turn his attention toward the Sooners.
“Oh, I can’t wait,” Smallwood said. “Every time I go there I feel better and better about my choice. That’s going to be my home, and we’re going to do big things.”
Smallwood will suit up one more time as a high school player, representing Jenks and Oklahoma as part of the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in January.
“That’s such an honor,” Smallwood said. “When I think of where I was a few months ago to how things have happened now, it’s incredible. I won’t let myself or OU down.”