Christmas Makes Surprise Visit

With Rakeem Christmas' season over, he opted to visit a Big 12 program this past weekend. Who'd he visit and how did it go? has the scoop.

Rakeem Christmas has moved about his recruitment quite meticulously. He's cut his list a few times, but otherwise the 6-foot-9, 230-pound big man has been fairly quiet about his recruitment in general.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise to many that the Bryn Athyn (Pa.) Academy of The New Church standout snuck out of Pennsylvania and out to the Midwest for his first visit experience with out the national media finding out.

Christmas flew with his aunt and legal guardian Amira Hamid to visit Oklahoma, who joins Georgetown, Texas, Florida and Florida International in Christmas' top five. While on campus they took the tour and met with the coaching staff.

"I went to the game and I got to see their dorms and apartments and how they are living," Christmas told "We hung out with coach Jeff [Capel] too."

During his time with Capel, Christmas learned more about the Sooners and there needs in the 2011 class.

"He talked about how there's things he needs when I graduate high school," Christmas said. "He said he needs a power forward, by then I'll be exactly what he needs. He also talked about their style play."

"He's a cool dude," he added. "I talked to the players and they said if you make a mistake he doesn't hold it against throughout the whole game. It just moves on to the next play and I like that about him."

Heading into the trip to Norman (Okla.), Christmas was under the impression that there wouldn't be much to do at the University of Oklahoma, but the trip changed his perception.

"Before I thought it was probably just boring out there and nothing to do because when we were on the plane we didn't see any lights," he said. "But when we got down there it did have a lot of stuff to do."

"All the students in that area they all stay in similar places and everyone in the school knows each other and the students and players look out for each other," Christmas added.

Christmas, a five-star prospect, is starting to examine his recruitment a little closer and plans to take another visit in the near future.

"I'm starting to look into it a little bit more because at first I was just worried about the season, but now that it's over I'm starting to look at it more."

The talented prospect is ranked No. 3 overall and No. 1 at the center spot in the 2011 class.

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