NORMAN, Okla. - First-year Oklahoma men's basketball head coach Jeff Capel wasted no time in showcasing his ability to attract top talent to Norman. Capel and his staff announced Thursday the signing of four high school seniors to national letters of intent. Headlining the class is top-20 national recruit Blake Griffin.
Joining Griffin, a power forward from Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Christian School), as Sooners next year will be guard Cade Davis (Elk City, Okla./Elk City HS), wing Chris Early (Huntington, W.Va./Huntington HS) and combo guard Tony Neysmith (Norcross, Ga./Norcross HS).
"These four guys, first and foremost, are really good basketball players," said Capel. "And they all come from traditions of winning. A common thread with all four is that none of them are afraid to be a part of something bigger than themselves. That's important to me. All four want to be a part of what we're doing."
The class is rated as No. 14 nationally by Rivals.com.
Said Scout.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep, "I think Jeff Capel and his staff did a really nice job of just getting their feet on the ground and then coming together to hit the home run with Blake Griffin, a legitimate McDonald's All-American candidate. I think what Oklahoma did as well as they possibly could was put pieces of the puzzle together. They brought in guys who are multi-positional and they just hit the absolute home run with Griffin.
"Looking forward, the state of Oklahoma has a bevy of excellent prospects and I think this Sooner class sent a message to the rest of those guys that Oklahoma is really going to be a player in their region."