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"It will be weird not having these two guys around," said Capel, who just finished his third season at Oklahoma. "Since I've been here, they've kind of been a security blanket for me. ... I think the thing that both of those kids have done is that they've made this a place where other guys want to come, where we're able to attract really good talent.
"I think that's going to be their legacy as they move on to better things, both Blake and Taylor, just kind of being the guys that made it cool to come to OU."
Capel has two more McDonald's All-Americans coming to campus next season in Keith "Tiny" Gallon and Tommy Mason-Griffin, but there's still a chance he could lose another beyond Griffin. Willie Warren, the Big 12's freshman of the year last season, hasn't announced yet whether he'll be back for another year with the Sooners.
"I don't know if it's settled," Capel said.
Had Griffin decided to stay, it would have added another layer to Oklahoma's unprecedented feat of having the Heisman Trophy winner and the AP men's basketball player of the year in the same year. Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford already passed up the chance to make an early jump to the NFL after his sophomore season, and he and Griffin could have both returned for another year of college.
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