Chris Early is living up to his last name. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing from Huntington (W.V.) High School picked his future school before the busy summer schedule tips off next week.
Early, a Rivals150 player, verbally committed to Oklahoma while on an unofficial visit to Norman.
"I like the campus a lot and the staff pretty much told me everything I wanted to hear," Early said. "When I heard that, I made my decision right then and there. They talked to my aunt (who he lives with) and none of the other coaches that were recruiting me did that. It takes a lot to make her happy and they made her happy.
"They didn't always talk about basketball. They talked about academics and how that could help me."
New OU coach Jeff Capel and his staff were one of the first schools to recruit Early dating back to their time at Virginia Commonwealth. That familiarity and a West Virginia tie was a helpmate in Early's decision to commit to the Sooners.
"I've known (Capel) first. He has always been really honest with everything he has told me. He's a down to earth guy and I like the fact he's a younger coach. He can understand you a lot better. Plus, the head assistant coach Mark Cline is from West Virginia."
Early, a three-star prospect, is a big bodied wing that is still tapping into his potential. He feels like he can shine in OU's system.
"They want people to put points on the board and I feel like I am one of those guys," Early said. "They play an up and down pace and I like that style of play. I think I can benefit in playing fast. That is what is going to set them apart from the other schools in the Big 12."
Early joins 2007 prospects Blake Griffin and Cade Davis. Early said he has already talked to Griffin.
"I actually talked to him today. He just said congratulations and welcome to the family," Early said.