October 15, 2009
Shead Brings a Winning Way
In the world of sports, it's a wide spread belief that some athletes just have the knack for winning, wherever they go success seems to follow. Oklahoma fans certainly hope that the success long-time commitment Adam Shead of Cedar Hill, Texas has enjoyed will follow him to Norman.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive guard is a three-year starter for one of Texas' top programs and a team that is currently 6-0 and ranked as Texas' best in the state's largest classification, 5A.
While Oklahoma is having its struggles in comparison to Shead's squad his biggest concern about his official visit were just where he would be able to have some fun during his time in Norman.
"I found out that there is stuff to do in Norman. For a second I was worried about what was there to do. Where can I go to have a good time, but the players they showed me that this weekend," Shead said. "My first host was Jeremy Beal. We got along cool, it was cool, they all were some real cool down to earth people.
"It was crazy I was thinking about it. I was actually with them, I watch them on television all the time and I got to ride with them and kick it with them for a minute.
"Everything was good, I had a great time. It was real fun."
It's been well known for quite some time that weekend commitment Daryl Williams is friends with long-time future Sooner Tyrus Thompson. However it was Williams' fellow Dallas-area product that admits to doing some work on Williams while they were in Norman.
Shead let Williams know that their combined high school success could follow them to Norman.
"I was kind of doing some recruiting, just kind of tipping him off. It was nothing big just little stuff that we are going to be the national champions," he said chuckling.
The bond that the group of Oklahoma's 2010 offensive line commitments are currently growing into is something each remarked about. As part of a top-notch team Shead knows how important such bonds are to a successful team.
"I think it's great, you have to be a good teammate. The only way for things to operate is the offensive line to be the closest group on the team," he said. "We all kind of got the feel of how everybody is, you have to see how everybody is and it seems like we're going to be good together.
"Daryl, Tyrus, and I haven't really decided yet on who is going to room together but I think we're going to have to kick Daryl out (laughing), I mean he just now committed!"
The nation's No. 9 offensive guard has been to Norman numerous times but admits his future pre and post practice home caught his eye last weekend.
"I had never seen the locker room and the new facilities, so that was all new for me," Shead admitted. "It is crazy, they've got this big OU in the middle of the ceiling, these lights, the ambiance there is amazing."
While Shead is a big part of his team's success, so is Texas commitment Aaron Benson. The two haven't had too many run-ins this week but considering it's Red River Rivalry week he has heard plenty of smack talk from the rest of his classmates.
"I haven't seen Aaron that much this week, so we haven't been doing too much talking," he said. "The other people around school, we've had our exchanging of talk though."
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