Stoops reacts to Mitchell's shooting death

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."