Recruiting: Gresham talks about OU's TE use

Four-star tight end Jermaine Gresham gives his observations on his unofficial visit to Norman.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, 6-6, 226, ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA:

JH: You were a surprise visitor in Norman on Saturday. How did that come about?

JG: "I really wasn't planning on going, but since we lost on Friday I just decided to go.

JH: I know you are disappointed that Ardmore lost in the playoffs?

JG: "Yeah, that was very disappointing. But the injury bug just took too much out of us. We had several players nicked up and we had four starters out of the lineup. We tried, but we just couldn't make it happen."

JH: What did you think of your unofficial visit to OU?

JG: "I thought it was great. I had a fun time. There was a great atmosphere at the game. It was a rivalry game and the fans were really into it. They were great and you could tell that OU has a great deal of support."

JH: What did you think of how the Sooners utilized the tight end?

JG: "They threw the ball to the tight end more this game than they did in other games. I don't know if they had a set read this game or if they were just reading the tight end better. No matter how they were doing it, they were kicking it more to the tight end in this game."

JH: What are your thoughts on how OU uses their tight end?

JG: "They use their tight end mostly in the box. They split him out a little bit, but mostly they use him in the box. Coach Stoops told me that if I went there that they would install an offense or offensive sets that would take advantage of my talents. He told me that they did the same thing for Adrian Peterson when he signed with OU. At that time OU was using mostly the shot-gun to take advantage of ‘Q' and his abilities, and then he switched to the I-formation or one-back to take advantage of AD. Coach Stoops said that he will play his best players and that he will figure out a way to play his best players."

JH: Do you think OU will use you in the passing game more than they are using the tight end now?

JG: "They are trying to make me think that if I go there I will be a factor in their offense, and I believe them. I think they will use me more in the passing game. I will still be required to block and I can be a good blocking tight end, but I know they will come up with some things to get me involved in the passing game."

JH: Last time we talked you said that after the season you would set your visits. Do you have any set?

JG: "I am working on setting up some visits right now. I am going to go to Miami, OU, LSU, Tennessee and USC. Right now it is a toss-up between those schools."

JH: Do you want to leave the state or play far from home?

JG: "That is what I am trying to decide — whether to go far away or stay close. OU has a good thing close, but I have some good schools away from home too."

JH: Have you come up with some parameters in your recruiting or do you want to just to get a feel for it?

JG: "No, I don't have anything written down or anything, but I will know which school is right for me. I will just know it. Right now I don't have a definite feeling about any school, but I am working on it."

JH: Have you started basketball yet?

JG: "It starts next week."


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