Woodard dons Lon Kruger's Crimson and Cream

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Sooners have locked up a very important piece to their 2013 recruiting class, snatching a verbal from Edmond Memorial HS point guard Jordan Woodard.

"First of all, I want to give honor to God, my family," Woodard said in an official ceremony with The Oklahoman on NewsOK.com. "I want to thank them, my coaching staff and all my teammates that I played with throughout my AAU circuit and I want to thank all the coaches that recruited me, but I've decided to stay in state and stay at the University of Oklahoma to play my collegiate basketball."

Woodard, who stands in at 6-foot, 160-pounds, chose the Sooners over Memphis and Stanford, citing the direction of the program and coaching staff as pivotal reasons for doing so.

"Well, Oklahoma it's a great program," Woodard said. "And I love Lon Kruger coming in, I love what he's doing with the program. I love the opportunity to come in and play and just we have a great relationship, me and Coach Kruger. So, that led to my decision."

He becomes the first commit to OU's 2013 class, just hours after 2014 Oklahoma City Homeschool center Jacob Hammond also pledged to the Crimson and Cream.

Woodard averaged 13 points, nearly five assists, four rebounds and 2.5 steals per game for his 6A State Runner-Up Bulldogs in 2011-12.

He'll try to help avenge that State Title game setback when he takes the court this winter for his final season at Memorial.

"I expect to win," Woodard said. "I know coach, he expects the same thing. Expect to compete every game, go out strong and hopefully we can cap it off right this year and cap off my senior year right going into college."

Until then, it'll be about getting ready for the season.

He's got an official visit to OU still set for Friday, as the OU Alumni Hoops events will also take place.

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