Griffin's Decision Sooner Than Expected

Blake Griffin, one of the fastest rising players in the country is now also one of the top committed members of the Class of 2007. On Saturday afternoon, Griffin elected to end his recruitment Sooner rather than wait for later.

Jeff Capel has to be one of the most excited people in the nation. In fact, we bet he didn't even believe it initially when Blake Griffin, Athletes First's top big man and a likely Top 25 prospect, committed to Capel's Oklahoma program Saturday afternoon.

"Coach Capel didn't believe it at first," Griffin said. "He asked me if he was getting "Punked." I think they were pretty excited and I'm excited too."

The 6-foot-8 power forward out of Edmond (Okla.) Oklahoma Christian, picked the Sooners over a host of programs. In fact, he could have played just about anywhere in the nation as places like Connecticut, Duke and Florida were gearing up to make a run at him after a monster April period.

"I was and I really didn't think I'd get tired of the phone calls but I just did after a while," Griffin said. "I kind of wanted to know where I was going. I talked to Coach Capel and Coach Cline and I believe in everything they are doing and I knew it was the place where I wanted to go."

There's already one member of the Griffin Family in Norman. Brother Taylor is a sophomore forward on the team. Blake said his brother really enabled him to reach the decision. "I talked to him a lot this past 2 weeks and I've been talking about it and he felt like it was the place for me. I wanted to give everyone a fair chance but I felt like this is where I needed to go and this is where I needed to be."

Griffin's commitment couldn't have come at a better time for Capel and his staff. Three members of OU's prized 2006 recruiting class opted out of their letters of intent. Meanwhile, Griffin was in the process of blowing up on the AAU circuit and many were loading up to make their run at Griffin.

However, OU moved swiftly and decisively to land one of the hottest prospects in America. Now, Griffin said he's all about helping OU land another premier recruiting class.

"We're going to try to get a really good point guard and more big men. I'm going to start as soon as I can on bringing some people in."

Capel signed some good players during his tenure at VCU. However, the addition of Griffin at Oklahoma is the young coach's signature recruit. It's a key addition for the Sooners and a feather in Capel's cap.

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