February 2, 2010

Gladd is Often the Beaten Path

To find one of Oklahoma's best lineman prospects for the class of 2011 one has to search the extreme Eastern half of the state in Sallisaw, Okla.

Standing at 6-foot-4, and 280-pounds Garrett Gladd continues to impress all of this following his visit to Norman for the Sooners Junior Day.

"I went down to Oklahoma's Junior Day and had a great time. I think I did decent but there's always room to improve on something. Pass blocking is something that I found out I need to continue to work on," said Gladd. "Coaches tell me I have a pretty good run blocking skill but pass blocking is something that I can improve on."

As for the campus and facilities on the Oklahoma campus?

"I like their athletic facilities and we were able to see the academic facilities as well, which are really nice."

And although it appears he will head to Oklahoma State for their rescheduled Junior Day on February 20th, that was caused to be rescheduled because of the wintery weather in Oklahoma last weekend, the Sallisaw talent continues his contact with the Sooner coaching staff.

"While I was down there for Junior Day I was able to talk to coach (James) Patton a lot. I had seen him at the summer camps in Norman before. He's a really cool guy and is someone that I can go to and talk to. It seems like he always has a good answer for any of my questions no matter if it is football or something else."

During his time on the OU campus Gladd was also able to talk to coach (Brent) Venables, coach (Josh) Heupel, and graduate assistant coach (John) Flynn.

Following the Sooners Junior Day the run-blocking Oklahoma native also has talked to offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.

"We've talked on the phone just about myself and what are some things I could do to get ready for college like taking care of my SAT scores and grades."

And while Gladd is excited about what is to come in the future from many of the schools already contacting him, he doesn't deny that the Sooners recent success of sending lineman to the NFL is a major plus.

"I definitely look for that in a lot of schools. I've watched video of guys like Jammal Brown and Davin Joseph. It certainly helps knowing that a school has sent guys to the NFL. When I was down there for Junior Day I talked to coach (Jerry) Schmidt about how they worked hard while at Oklahoma to get where they are now."

And while aspirations to compete in the NFL are long ways, Gladd says he will continue to work hard and improve.

Is there one thing he will be working on to improve for next fall?

"I'm just working on my strength and getting stronger. Getting faster is also something I want to work on as well."

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