Charles Tapper learned about Jenks

Being from Baltimore, Tapper hadn't heard of Jenks. That changed in a hurry.

Oklahoma and Jenks (Okla.) High have a strong history. Anybody who follows the Oklahoma high school scene knows all about that.

When you’re coming from Baltimore, though, Jenks is probably a school you have never heard of until you’ve stepped foot in Norman.

Or until you get to know Alex Ross.

“I learned the first day about Jenks when Alex Ross got here,” defensive end Charles Tapper said. “They’re just like Texas guys – so cocky.”

Ross started a trend of four straight years where the Sooners picked up a former Trojan for their recruiting class. Wide receiver Jordan Smallwood was next in 2013, followed by safety Steven Parker in 2014 and now defensive tackle Marquise Overton for this year.

Tapper might not appreciate the cockiness from the Jenks kids, but he’s certainly glad to have them on his team. And the newest addition, Overton, might even end up seeing time this fall.

“He’s a big presence up front,” Tapper said. “He has learned a lot of things quickly that it usually takes other guys more time to learn.”

Ross is one of the premier kickoff returners in college football, while this year is poised to be the breakout season for Parker as a sophomore.

Tapper can tolerate a little cockiness when it comes with the big production.


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