RECRUITING: Ardmore's Gresham a hot commodity

Ardmore, Okla. wide receiver Jermaine Greshman talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.


Jermaine Greshman exploded on the prep scene last season as a big, fast wide receiver, and people have been talking about him ever since.

You can get a debate with some folks whether Gresham or defensive tackle Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma City Southeast is the top player in the state. From my standpoint, I would go Gresham, but it is close enough that lets just call Gresham the top skill athlete in the state and McCoy the top big man athlete in the state.

Nevertheless, Gresham has become a household name with college recruiters all over the country, and he admits that is a bit overwhelming at times.

"I am not trying to get the big head. I am trying to keep everything even about that at this time," said Gresham. "I am just trying to work hard to better myself as an athlete right now. I am trying to help my team win a basketball state title. It is nice that people are talking about me, but my coach tells me that now that I am getting all this pub I need to step it up a notch and prove them all right."

Gresham has played wide receiver at Ardmore, but he has also played cornerback on defense. This season Gresham will double at wide receiver and play some defensive end and free safety on defense.

Gresham arrived with a bang last season catching 52 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns. It is easy to try to place Gresham at tight end in college because you know that in a good weight program he is going to grow into a 250 to 260 pound receiver. However, Gresham feels he will be able to run well enough to play some split receiver.

"My love is to play wide receiver and I think I can run well enough to play out there," said Gresham. "My main love is to win and if they want me to play tight end, then I will play tight end. Some people compare me to Terrell Owens. My size is an advantage because I am always bigger than anybody in the secondary and I run well enough to get separation from them."

Gresham also stars in hoops where he averages 18 points and 10 rebounds per games, but and the amazing thing about him is that he is only 16-years old. Gresham can bench 280 pounds and he has a 34-inch vertical jump.

At this point Gresham has offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Missouri and Nebraska.

"I am not leaning towards any school," said Gresham. "I just liked watching the games growing up and I was a bigger fan of pro football growing up. Recruiting is all new to me and I am just taking it as it comes.

"Oklahoma is definitely one of the schools that I am looking at. I like the big time programs like LSU, USC, Miami and Ohio State. I like watching those programs play, and I have an interest in programs like that."

USC is the only school out of those mentioned that have yet to contact Gresham. Gresham is going to the Nike camp at TCU and he plans to attend the OU and OSU summer camps. This will be the first year he has attended any camp.

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