Stoops reacts to Mitchell's shooting death

Updated: August 27, 2007, 6:59 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday the Sooners' "hearts are very heavy" following the death of recruit Herman Mitchell, who was fatally shot last week in Houston.

"I hope his family can take comfort in the fact that he had accomplished so much already and contributed to the lives of those around him," Stoops said in a statement. "We send our prayers and warmest wishes to all of those that were closest to him.

"We cannot begin to understand their loss, but we want all of them to know that they are not alone during this time, that we cared deeply for Herman and that we will miss him very much."

Stoops said Mitchell had visited with the Sooners about three weeks ago. The 17-year-old linebacker from Westfield High School had accepted a scholarship offer to play for Oklahoma.

Authorities have said Mitchell was shot hours before a scrimmage last Friday following a fight at an apartment complex.

"He was such a gifted young man. Obviously, Herman had ties to our program, but this incident is tragic regardless of our connection with him," Stoops said. "There are no answers or explanations for something like this; it's just very, very sad."


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