Recruiting: Sooners lead for Texas safety?

Hutto, Texas safety Jeremy Kerley talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.

Jeremy Kerley, S/WR, 5'11, 180, 4.5, HUTTO, TEXAS:

Jeremy Kerley has a booming voice, a deep game and he is fearless at the field. But you have to be when you are dominating on both sides of the ball.

"I think I am only as good as the people around me," said Kerley. "My coaches do a great job getting me ready each week, and getting to the next level always keeps me motivated. That is my goal — to play college football."

Kerley broke into the starting line-up his freshman season as the starting quarterback and free safety, and this will be his fourth year doing both. On offense last season, Kerley rushed for 1,300 yards and passed for over 900 yards. He ran for 22 touchdowns and threw for seven more. Kerley was limited somewhat on defense because of a hairline fracture in his ankle, but he still managed to pick off five passes.

"A lot of teams are recruiting me at free safety and wide receiver," said Kerley. "I think most colleges really like me at wide receiver. I would like to play quarterback, because that is where I played the last three years. I realize because of my height I probably can't be a quarterback in the D-1 level. I am getting some offers to play quarterback at some lower levels, but I want to play at the D-1 level and I am open to moving to wide receiver."

So, from the sound of that Kerley feels he will wind up on the offensive side of the ball.

"Yes, I think so because I like to be in control of the ball," said Kerley. "I just think at wide receiver I could get the ball in my hands and do some great things with it and help my team stay in control of the game."

Kerley can bench 250 pounds, squats 465 and he participates in basketball, baseball and track. In hoops, Kerley is a tremendous defender earning Defensive Player of the Year his sophomore year and Newcomer of the Year his freshman year. He averaged 10 points per game last season.

In baseball, Kerley pitches and plays rightfielder. And since he throws in the 90's, he has some college recruiters taking a look at him. But don't worry football fans, he wants to be a football player. In track, Kerley runs on the spring relay, 800 relays, triple jump (state qualifier/46'6) and long jump (22'2).

Last summer, Kerley attended camps at Baylor and Houston.

He has been offered by TCU, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Purdue, Oklahoma, Arizona, Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

"Right now I have not seen any of the campuses, but it comes down to which schools are showing me the most love," said Kerley. "Right now the schools that are showing me the most love are Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M.

"Oklahoma is a championship football team. I know last year they didn't have their usual year, but they are going to come back. They have always played great football and I like the coach who is recruiting me (Bobby Jack Wright). They have a great program and I am very interested.

"I lean a little more to a school like TCU because they have smaller classes and I just feel that would be good for me. If I struggled academically, I just think I could find more help there and the campus is smaller. Plus, it is a Christian school and I come from a Christian background.

"At Texas A&M, I am being recruiting by Mark Tommerdahl and he is always staying in contact with me. I like how they are playing defense and I feel they need some help on defense. That might be a place I can play early."

Does Kerley have an early leader?

"It is a real close race right now between those three schools," said Kerley. "I would have to pick between OU and Texas A&M, and I would give the slight edge to OU."

Kerley will take his ACT and SAT in June.

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