Jay Norvell has gone and done it again.
The Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach continues to prove why he is one of the most effective recruiters in the country with the verbal commitment of Tulsa Union 6'5" 179 pound wide receiver, Jeffrey Mead (VIDEO).
Just a few days ago, Mead gave an interview to SoonerScoop.com ($) (side note - If you have the ability to watch that interview, I could not more highly recommend it. You want to talk about a well-spoken young man, wow.) talking about how he wasn't in a hurry to make a decision and several trips he had lined up to visit other schools. He also said during the interview that two other Oklahoma commits, Justice Hansen and Mead's teammate Carson Meier, were in his ear on a regular basis about joining them in Norman. It would appear the two have done their job.
While this is far from an anomaly, it proves the obvious benefit of recruiting well within your own state. Mead has two friends already committed and while any kind of "pressure" from them is all in good fun, it helps many kids to know they have others they're already familiar with who can help them with the college transition. It doesn't hurt that this 2014 state of Oklahoma class is one of the more loaded in recent memory, but you know....why sweat the details?
It would also appear Norvell has a specific type of wide receiver he has targeted in this 2014 class as Mead now becomes the Sooners second 6'5" wide receiver, joining Dallis Todd.
While taller, Mead's game is fairly similar to current OU wide receiver Trey Metoyer. Both are known for their hands and ability to go up over a defender to make a reception. Mead is a long, lean athlete who will definitely benefit from a D-I strength program. Once he gets to college and begins to fill out, he (like Todd) will very likely prove to be a match-up nightmare for almost any defensive back. He's not a guy with elite speed, but at that size and with that stride he covers a lot of ground in a hurry.
Mead also held offers from Arkansas, California, Clemson, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M among others.
Welcome to Sooner Nation, Jeffrey!