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Oklahoma lands the highest-rated recruit in Lon Kruger’s tenure


Oklahoma had landed a commitment from Payton Pritchard, a four-star point guard in the Class of 2016.

Pritchard is the No. 38 recruit in the class, according to Rivals. The 6-foot-1 playmaker is the first commit Kruger has gotten from the junior class. He’s also the highest-rated recruit that has pledged to the Sooners during Kruger’s tenure.

“Pritchard is a scoring guard who can handle, pass and shoot from the perimeter and off the dribble,” recruiting analyst Scott Phillips said. “He had a nice month of July and should give Kruger another capable guard who make plays.”

A native of Oregon, part of what made this commitment easy for Pritchard is that he’s not only a legacy at the school, he has family in the area. Both of his parents went to Oklahoma; his dad was a tight end of the football team.

Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma’s current starting point guard, is just a sophomore. He’ll likely still be on campus when Pritchard arrives.