Scott Reynolds, a 6-foot guard from Herndon (Va.) High, committed to the Sooners over Michigan, Florida State, Wake Forest and Maryland. Citing a strong relationship with Sampson, Reynolds was completely at ease with leaving home.
"Really the decision wasn't tough at all," Reynolds, ranked No. 42 by Scout.com, said. "I'm just going somewhere that feels like home."
Regarded as one of the brightest shooters in the Class of 2006, Reynolds could see time as a combo in Norman.
So, how did the Sooners come into the ACC area and steal one of the region's coveted stars? Persistence and patience is the answer.
"They were with me from the start," Reynolds said. "Being impressed with my game and seeing the upside that I have for the years to come.
"It started after ABCD Camp and we've been talking ever since. They never rushed me to do anything I didn't want to do."
Now, Reynolds becomes a big time recruiter for the Sooners. He and James plan to talk regularly and they've already got a hit list of targets they are going to help OU pursue. On the shortlist is Darrell Arthur (Scout.com No. 4), Keith Clark (27) and Dwight Lewis (56).
Reynolds was impressed with Sampson and the direction of their program in addition to being excited about the possibilities for himself. "I'm just going to have to go out there and try to be a leader. It just comes down to wins and losses. I see a bright upside for Oklahoma and our recruiting class of 2006."
With a start like the Sooners already have, who can argue?