It takes a lot for Midwest City (Okla.) High recruiting coordinator Jason Sexton to vouch for his kids to college coaches.
Maybe rephrase that. It takes a lot to make that stand when you’re dealing with the best of the best in college football.
He openly did so for the 2015 class with Will Sunderland, who signed with Oklahoma. He’s done the same for 2017 safety Evan Fields, who is loaded with major Power 5 offers from across the state.
And he’s back at it again with 2018 DE/OLB Jalen Redmond. But there’s a twist with Redmond. Heading into Friday’s season opener against Muskogee, he has not started one game at the varsity level and spent the entire summer juggling playing basketball and football.
“It was tiring on my body, but it wasn’t too tough,” Redmond said. “It’s just something I had to do this year.”
Now all the focus goes toward football. With little-to-no film out there to showcase his talents, it didn’t matter to Memphis who made the offer back in the spring.
And it didn’t matter to OU as Redmond was among those invited to the exclusive #ChampUBBQ.
“It was a good experience,” Redmond said. “It was so much fun being around Coach (Bob) Stoops and all those other recruits. Brey Walker. Josh Proctor. Casey Thompson.
“It was the first time I got to talk to the coaches in person. Honestly, I’m just happy they knew my name and who I was.”
Redmond knows Proctor really well because the two were all over the region this summer playing basketball so OU being in with Proctor certainly won’t hurt its chances with Redmond.
Redmond is the quintessential tweener at this point. Is he a defensive end? Or an outside linebacker? Seems like OU is recruiting a ton of those guys here lately. Redmond is the latest.
He’s no doubt going to be faster than just about every offensive tackle in the state so it will be interesting to see what kind of numbers he can put up.
A lot of people are watching, including the Sooners as that was the message given to Redmond by the coaches last month.
“They’re waiting to see what I can do and want to see a couple of games,” Redmond said.
Redmond himself is hoping he can see a couple of OU games as well this season. He said the interaction with the coaches and recruits at the BBQ has given him a lot of confidence and encouragement heading into his junior season.