100 Days to Football Time in Oklahoma: #3 Jalil Farooq

Player Profile

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 204

Class: Junior

Seasons at OU: 2

Hometown: Lanham, MD

Previous School: Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. HS

The Path to Norman

Jalil Farooq comes to Oklahoma all the way from Maryland. The highly-ranked receiver and defensive back had an offer list of who’s who in college football – Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, and Clemson to name a few. Farooq was one of a handful of recruits in the 2021 class with a strong connection to former OU QB Caleb Williams, a driving factor in the recruiting class. Farooq made it to Norman for the Summit event late in the summer. Not long after that, Farooq announced his decision to be a Sooner.

Career so Far

Farooq earned played time as a freshman, but it was mostly of a quiet variety. He saw snaps mostly on special teams throughout the season, seeing only one catch through the first 12 games of the year (of which he played in seven). Then, in the bowl game against Oregon, Farooq put on a three-catch performance that showed Sooner fans a glimpse of what he could do. Despite speculation that he would be one of those departing following the regime change, Farooq stayed in Norman.

In 2022, Farooq took a big step up. He played in all 13 games, starting in most, and was a pivotal part of the offense. He ranked fourth on the team in receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns. Although it was an underwhelming season for the OU receiver group, Farooq showed how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands.


Years: 2022 | 2021 | Career

Games Played: 13 | 8 | 21

Receptions: 37 | 4 | 41

Receiving Yards: 466 | 69 | 535

Receiving TD: 5 | 0 | 5

Carries: 15 | 0 | 15

Rush Yards: 140 | 0 | 140

Stats via Soonersports.com


This Season

Farooq comes into 2023 with high expectations; after the departure of Marvin Mims, Farooq will be expected to play a huge role in the offense. He has the versatility to also see time in the backfield, as he did at times last fall. If OU is going to have an improved receiver room in 2023, Farooq will be one of the key factors in taking that step.