Wolfe ready to run in Norman

Lawton Eisenhower running back D.J. Wolfe writes about growing up playing football and his love for the Sooners in an exclusive article published in the December issue of Inside OU Sports Magazine. (Photo by Randy Stotler/Lawton Constitution)

Go ahead, ask me. Am I the best high school running back in the country? Am I better than Adrian Peterson?

I really don't know, but I honestly feel like I have the potential to be the best running back in college football today. I don't know anybody who has the vision that I have on the football field. I might not be as strong or fast as some players, but mark this down, I don't get caught from behind.

Anyway, I'm real proud to be a Sooner, especially when I go up to Norman, because it seems like everyone knows me there and people are always asking me for my autograph. I'm sure that's a real thrill for any athlete, but for me that's even more special because I'm not even out of high school yet.

Growing up, I was always a Florida State fan, but once coach Stoops took over at Oklahoma, I knew I wanted to be a Sooner, because of him and the coaching staff. A lot of people don't know this, but I was originally born in Houma, La. I lived there until I was 6 years old or so, then we moved to Lawton, Okla. because my father, Paul Adams, is in the U.S. Army. I've always been a football player, but for a while I was actually supposed to be a better basketball prospect.

During my 6th-grade year, my family left Lawton and moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. I lived there until October 2001, my sophomore year, and then we moved back to Lawton again because my father wanted to retire, but we also knew that high school football in Oklahoma gave me the best chance of getting a college scholarship.

Being the new kid, the football coaches at Lawton Eisenhower didn't know much about me then. They didn't understand that I was the varsity's starting free safety as a freshman at Fountain Fort Carson High School, which is a 3A school (the third-largest class in Colorado), and that I occasionally carried the ball, so I had to prove myself to them.

Because of that, I actually played junior varsity, which didn't last too long because the first game I played I scored touchdowns on my first two carries before the coaches pulled me.

Still, I guess that wasn't enough, but after returning back-to-back punts for touchdowns the following week against Lawton High's junior varsity in the first quarter, I finally got promoted to varsity with a couple of games left.

I didn't get in until the last game of the season, when we were losing 28-0 at home to Putnam City North, who ended up making it all the way to the Class 6A finals before losing to Jenks, 38-28, that year.

On my first play, I ran a punt back 55 yards for a touchdown, which Larry Birdine actually keyed with a really big block. I only got three carries that game, but I ran for 43 yards.

The following week we played Westmoore in the playoffs and this time I returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. We still ended up losing that game, but that limited playing time as a sophomore jumpstarted me for last season when I ran for 1,334 yards and 22 touchdowns.

In retrospect, earning playing time at Lawton Ike was a great experience for me because it taught me how to overcome adversity and made me a much harder worker.

Honestly though, I can't say enough about coach Wisley and the other coaches at Lawton Ike like Mike Burris, Morris Mayfield, and Roger Stringer. They've done a great job and I really appreciate them helping me develop both on and off the field.

As part of that commitment to their players, our football coaches take us to an annual visit to both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, which we did on the same day back in February.

Before we went, I really had no idea that both schools would offer me then — just hours apart — but they did. We went to Oklahoma State first, which was all right, but I just didn't a real connection with coach (Les) Miles, even after he offered me.

After that, we stopped at OU on the way home. As soon as I got there, coach Stoops and I met in his office and that's when he offered me a scholarship. As you know, I didn't end up making my commitment to OU until March, but even then, as I sat with coach Stoops in his office, I pretty much knew Norman was the place for me.

There's just something about the University of Oklahoma. Maybe it's the family atmosphere of all the players or maybe all of those national championships, but, whatever it is, it makes me proud to be a Sooner.

When I committed, coach (Cale) Gundy told me they weren't going to recruit any other running backs other than myself, but that has obviously changed because of Adrian Peterson's interest in OU.

Does that bother me? Yeah, it does a little bit, but then again, I'm a guy who loves competition, so I want Adrian alongside me at OU as a teammate. Honestly though, I don't have a problem with the situation, because I drove up to Norman and talked to coach Gundy about it this summer, so I'm not worried.

But away from the field, I just chill and mellow out because I don't want to put myself in bad situations. I watch a lot of movies, mainly comedies, and a few horror movies every once in awhile.

I also check out the Internet a little, so I'm always keeping up with the other players OU gets in this year's recruiting class.

Speaking of recruits, I really like Rhett Bomar. I first met him at the Red-White scrimmage in April when we talked to Kirk Herbstreit and then I saw him again at the North Texas game in September.

Rhett's a real warrior and I think we can really up things up for each other at OU. For him to be compared to John Elway, he's definitely doing something right.

With the players OU has now, and the recruits they have coming, I think starting this year we can five national championships in a row. People may think I'm crazy, but I honestly believe that because I feel OU can compete with any team in the country. That's why I'm so excited about going to OU because it'll be my job to go out and prove that every game.

Once I get on the weights at OU, I feel like the sky is the limit for me. As a freshman, I feel that I can help the team immediately, but I'll just have to see what coach Stoops has in mind for me.

By the way, even though I've moved around some, I want people to know that Lawton is my home and I'm proud to say that. By going to OU, I'm not only following in the shoes of Jammal Brown, Antonio Perkins and Larry Birdine, but I also hope to keep that Sooner pipeline from Lawton going. Remembering where I'm from is important to me, which is why I really look up to Butch Huskey, who comes to all my games and still takes a big interest in Lawton Eisenhower.

Without the support of Lawton, I wouldn't be who I am today and I wouldn't have the opportunity to accomplish what I plan to do at OU. I know this is the just the beginning of my career as a Sooner, but it's already been really sweet.

The only thing that'll make it better will be that handful of national championship rings.

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