The Oklahoman’s Super 30: How OU commit Robert Spears-Jennings' military background shaped him

BROKEN ARROW — Growing up, Robert Spears-Jennings was always on the move.

He was born in South Carolina, but he wasn’t there for long. Soon he was in Maryland. Then Florida. Virginia. Arkansas. Georgia. Texas. Now Oklahoma. 

Such is the life of a kid with a parent in the military.

“I’m adaptable,” Spears-Jennings said. “I’m used to change. I can make friends a whole lot easier. I know I can go anywhere and I’ll be perfectly fine.”

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That adaptability is something that has helped Spears-Jennings during his recruitment. The senior wide receiver and defensive back at Broken Arrow is No. 7 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top high school recruits in the 2022 class.

On July 4, Spears-Jennings committed to OU, choosing the Sooners over offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Ole Miss and Texas Tech, among others.

Similar to his experience growing up in many different places, each of the schools recruiting Spears-Jennings have their own unique twists.

Broken Arrow's Robert Spears-Jennings is No. 7 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top high school recruits in the 2022 class.

Different geographic locations. Different positions they want Spears-Jennings to play. Different ways of recruiting the two-way star. 

None of it is something that has flustered him. It just goes to show how much potential Spears-Jennings has.

“He has the ability to be able to go anywhere in the country to go to school,” Broken Arrow coach Josh Blankenship said. “A lot of kids when they receive an offer, they’re going to stay regional. I’m not saying RJ would not, but he’s probably more comfortable leaving home than others.”

Not only is Spears-Jennings comfortable with being in different places, he’s also in his niche playing both sides of the ball.

Most of Spears-Jennings’ recruitment was for him as a wide receiver, where last year he had 36 catches with 835 all-purpose yards with six total touchdowns. Yet last month, he had an individual workout with OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, which resulted in him receiving an offer from the Sooners.

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Only a month later, he verbally committed to the Sooners. 

“It shows he’s going to be one of the best athletes on the field,” Blankenship said.

Spears-Jennings said he’s looking forward to an increased role this season, even knowing the added pressures that come with that.

He wants to bring Broken Arrow back to the levels it was three seasons ago, winning the first state championship in school history. He also is excited to debut Blankenship’s new offense in his first year as head coach.

Change is something Spears-Jennings is accustomed to, but it has also helped shape him to the player he is today and show him the person he wants to be in the future.

“I’m just ready to show people who we can be this season,” Spears-Jennings said. “We’re going to look different, but I’m looking forward to that and am excited for the challenge.”

The Oklahoman’s 2022 Super 30

Name: Robert Spears-Jennings

School: Broken Arrow

Super 30 ranking: No. 7

Height: 6-foot-1½ | Weight: 200 pounds

Position: Wide receiver/defensive back

Committed to: OU

About the series

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series continued Tuesday with No. 7, Broken Arrow’s Robert Spears-Jennings. See No. 6 on the list in Wednesday’s editions of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players we’ve featured: 

No. 11: Desean Brown, DL, Choctaw

No. 10: Andre Dollar, TE, Mustang

No. 9: CJ Brown, RB, Beggs

No. 8: Braylin Presley, WR, Bixby

No. 7: Robert Spears-Jennings, WR/DB, Broken Arrow

Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Cameron? He can be reached at or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan. Support Cameron’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at or by using the link at the top of this page.