National Signing Day: Norman North wideout Nick Basquine headed to OU, tight end Payton Prince signs with Tulsa

by Scott Wright Published: February 5, 2014

David Cornwell might already be off to Alabama, but that doesn't mean Norman North didn't have any talented players around for National Signing Day.

That included two players headed to Division I programs in the state, and a trio of Central Oklahoma signees on Wednesday.

Tight end Payton Prince, who has long been committed to Tulsa, signed his letter of intent, while receiver Nick Basquine officially announced his intentions to join the Oklahoma Sooners as a preferred walk-on.

Basquine, a first-team All-State selection by The Oklahoman, had eight scholarship offers, including Division I programs New Mexico and Wyoming, but decided to stay at home in Norman.

“Those were some good schools that I turned down,” he said. “But I have a good relationship with Coach (Cale) Gundy. His son is my best friend. I've always wanted to be a Sooner. The opportunity is there, so I wanted to take it. It's my dream. I was born and bred into it, so it's what I wanted to do. I want to play for the best and have a chance to compete for national championships.”

Prince, a top-20 player on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings, was happy to have his signing behind him.

“It feels great to get this off my back, so I can just worry about basketball season now,” Prince said. “It's an honor to get to play at the University of Tulsa. I'm officially a Golden Hurricane and it feels great.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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