Irving, Texas, wide receiver Adron Tennell is expected to challenge for a spot in the OU wide receiver rotation immediately upon his arrival in Norman this summer. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Tennell was a multi-sport star in high school, playing basketball and participating in track, in addition to his exploits on the football field.
This spring, Tennell astonished everyone by winning the long jump in Class 5A with a mark of 25-7 1/2, almost a foot better than his previous best of the season, and it was better than the state record of 25-6 set by current Detroit Lions wide receiver Roy Williams. However, Tennell's mark won't be recognized as the new record because the wind was just slightly over the allowable limit.
Even more amazing was the fact that Tennell didn't even report for the track team until March, when basketball season ended. After being an Honorable Mention AP All-State selection in football, Tennell garnered All-District honors in basketball and then followed with the state title in track.
But right now, OU coaches are most interested in Tennell's ability on the gridiron. He racked up almost 1,900 receiving yards in his final two seasons at Irving High School, and with 4.42 speed and a 40-inch vertical jump to go along with his height, the lanky receiver provides a unique threat for the OU offense.
I had a chance to catch up with Tennell this week as he prepares to report for summer school on June 5.
TS: A lot of people think you've got a chance to break into the rotation at wide receiver. How excited would you be to come in here and play right away?
Tennell: I would love to come in and play as a freshman. I'm just going to come in and work hard this summer.
TS: Have you had any conversations with coach Stoops and coach Capel about trying to play basketball after football season is over?
Tennell: I had talked to coach Stoops earlier about playing basketball and he said that was fine as long as I keep my grades up. But I haven't talked to the basketball coach yet.
TS: What are your best qualities as a wide receiver?
Tennell: I'm fast, physical and I have leaping ability. I have about a 40-inch vertical. Right now, I'm 6-5 and 195. I'd like to get up to about 205.
TS: Why did you choose Oklahoma?
Tennell: I like the people on the team. The coaches are all nice and respectful. I like Norman because it's nice and peaceful.
TS: Have you made friends with any of the other recruits and decided who you're going to room with?
Tennell: I'm hoping I can room with Malcolm Williams (defensive back from South Grand Prairie High School, who was also a state track champion in the triple jump). We've talked a lot the last few months about football.
TS: Are you looking forward to the game in October against Texas?
Tennell: Yes, sir. It's close to home and my family. And I know some people who go to Texas. I've never been to the game. I hear it's pretty wild.
TS: Any message you'd like to send to the OU fans?
Tennell: I'm coming in there and I won't disappoint them.
Catching up with Adron Tennell
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