Everything on the Up and Up for Lake

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.

Plenty of time has now passed and Jenks (OK) athlete Jarrett Lake has had time to sit back and take plenty of things into perspective. And though he is not suiting up this year for the national powerhouse Jenks program, he has maximized this time to the fullest.

"This time away from the game has given a lot of time to focus on my grades and spend quality time with my family," Lake said. "I took my ACT a couple of weeks ago and I am waiting on the scores. I am feeling really good about how things are right now."

In a previous interview, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Lake stated that he wanted to make sure that everything was in line so that he would qualify through the NCAA Clearinghouse. And for the most part, things are in line for him to make that happen.

Because at the end of the day, there is one primary goal on Lake's mind.

"My goal is just to get to Oklahoma. I don't want anything to get in the way of that," Lake said. "Right now, I have a 2.9 GPA and I am trying to get that up to a 3.0. I want to get those ACT scores back so that I can get all of this taken care of. I will not be able to take my official visit until I finish with all of this."

Of course just because he is not able to visit on the Sooner dollar, doesn't mean that he has not been present to a many of football games. So far this season, Lake has taken in the BYU, Idaho State and Baylor game.

He even traveled this past weekend to see his future teammates play Big 12 rival Nebraska. And though the Sooners came away with a loss, Lake did take a few notes on some guys.

"Overall, I think the defense played excellent. I try and pay close attention to linebackers," Lake said. "Keenan Clayton, Travis Lewis and Ryan Reynolds are amazing. Seeing the things they do on the field lets me know how I need to bring it. If I watch closely, I'll know what I need to do to get on the field for Oklahoma."

Obviously Lake is not involved with the football program at Jenks, but he has managed to take care of himself physically. He stated that he and his father practice some linebacker drills at home and he is lifting weights at least three times a week and has a good regimen for cardio as well.

Through all of this, Lake said that he and assistant coach Brent Venables speak at least once a week. But one thing is for sure, he is more than ready to get back to the gridiron.

"Not being able to play, in some ways was a good thing for me, but I'm ready to get back into the game," Lake said. ". It hurts not being able to play, but that will make me hungrier for when I get there. You know, I have only been playing ball for like 2.5 years, so there is no chance that I will burn out or anything.

"I just can't wait to get back."


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