Lake, Sooners focus on the positives

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we spoke with Sooner commit Jarrett Lake from Jenks, Oklahoma.

Let Jenks (OK) athlete Jarrett Lake tell it best when he says that he just wants to play ball. But after Oklahoma Secondary Schools Association ruled Lake ineligible because of the dual residency rule, Lake will not be able to play his senior season at the national powerhouse Jenks program.

But all adversity is not bad according to Lake who will channel his energy elsewhere.

"Things are going pretty good. Everybody knows that I will not be able to play football for my senior season," Lake said. "But I will still be going to Jenks and plan to focus on my grades."

According to Lake, there are still a few things that must happen in order for him to qualify through the NCAA. 

"As of right now, I am on track to get qualified with the NCAA. I am working to get a better score on the ACT," Lake said. "Another thing I want to make sure and do is get my GPA so that I can be certain that there are no mistakes."

Despite the high school situation that the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Lake is experiencing, he made the call this summer to Oklahoma saying that he wanted to verbally commit. A standout at the wide receiver position last year at Jenks, the Sooner coaches are recruiting Lake as a linebacker.

With all that has occurred, what does the Sooner coaches think of everything.

"The coaches have been supportive and know that it is tough for me not being able to play. I talk mostly to (assistant) coach (Jackie) Shipp and (Brent) Venables," Lake said. "They see it as it is not necessarily all messed up. For one, this gives me the time to really focus on my grades and two, they told me that it will be good for me to come in at 100 percent injury free."

At Jenks last season, Lake caught 21 passes for 500 yards and five touchdowns. 

As Lake was going through the process, it was his father who noticed something about his son that ultimately turned out to be a good thing.

"Originally, Oklahoma was recruiting me as a wide receiver, but my dad asked me if I ever thought about playing linebacker," Lake said. "I thought he was crazy, but when I went to the Oklahoma camp I told coach Venables that I wanted to work at linebacker. Next thing you know, I noticed that he (Venables) was working with me a lot 1-on-1."

And the rest is history. 

While Lake is off the gridiron and in the books, that does not mean that he is not still preparing for the 2010 season in Norman. 

"I go to a personal trainer for weight lifting and I work with someone for my footwork," Lake said. "I want to make sure and come in shape when I report in June. I will get as prepared as I can be, but you can't really get in shape for what Smitty does to you. He gets you right regardless of where you are physically."


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