CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington's Matthew Brafford will become the next great West Virginia distance runner to follow a pipeline to Norman, Okla.
Brafford will sign on to run both cross country and track for Oklahoma University in a signing ceremony at 10 a.m. today at George Washington High School as part of National Signing Day.
The Patriots senior will join former Cabell Midland standout Jacob Burcham and Jefferson runner Eric Graf as a member of the Sooners' squad.
"It's incredible," Brafford said. "It's something I've been looking forward to my whole four-year career in running."
Brafford, the 2013 cross country state champion and 2012 runner up (behind Burcham), said that having former in-state athletes to show him the ropes as well as a strong academic reputation in his field of choice tipped the scales in favor of the Sooners.
Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and the Colorado School of Mines were also being considered.
"The career I want to go into, petroleum engineering, [Oklahoma has] a really good department and even a separate school, the [Mewbourne] School of Earth and Energy, that not a lot of schools have," Brafford said. "Then the team, when I went to go visit, everybody was so welcoming, introduced themselves, and talking to the coaches, they seemed like they really know what they are doing and wanted me on the team.
"Eric and Jake were both great and showed me everything to do at Oklahoma. The facilities for the track team are really state of the art. You have everything right there, your own weight room, and an academic center."
George Washington athletic director Shawn Wheeler and track coach Brent Walker both believe Brafford will make a solid addition to OU's team.