Sooners Announce Talented Signing Class

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Chelsey Kraft
By Chelsey Kraft
Assistant Director of Communications
NOVEMBER 14, 2016

NORMAN Head coach K.J. Kindler has announced the addition of yet another talented class, as Jordan Draper, Abigail Matthews, Evy Schoepfer and Anastasia Webb signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. All four gymnasts are set to join the program for the 2018 competitive season.

Draper, Matthews, Schoepfer and Webb bring extensive experience at the national level to the table, all competing at the 2016 JO Nationals, and multiple strong showings at regional and state competitions.

“We are so proud to announce the signing of these four young women who will join us and begin to leave their imprint on Oklahoma Gymnastics next fall," Kindler said. "They bring unique strengths to the team and will arrive in Norman from some of the absolute best gymnastics clubs and coaches in the nation.

"All four athletes come from very tight supportive families and I know this will be as big of a thrill for their parents as it is for them," Kindler continued. "They committed to OU prior to the 2014 National Championship and after a long wait from commitment to now, these ladies are enthusiastic to make it official. We couldn’t agree more!”


JORDAN DRAPER

Jordan Draper

Bedford, Texas | Empire Gymnastics | Photos

Jordan Draper, a native of Bedford, Texas, trains at Empire Gymnastics under the direction of Chris Brashier, Betty Mihaila and April Pyle and is a current Level 10 gymnast. Draper is the daughter of David and Amy Draper and has one brother named DJ. She attends Birdville High School and is a member of the National Honor Society and sits in the top 10 percent of her class. At Oklahoma, Draper plans to study sports broadcasting.

At 2016 JO Nationals, Draper placed 18th in the all-around and 12th on both bars and floor. This year, she also claimed first place on floor at regionals and earned a fourth-place finish in the all-around. Draper placed second on beam at state in 2015 and competed as part of the SR D Region 3 National Championship team. In addition to OU, Draper was also recruited by SEMO, Ohio State and Utah State. 

"I chose OU because I was excited about the coaching staff and the opportunity to be part of such an amazing program. I'm also looking forward to the challenges that Oklahoma will provide me academically and athletically."
— Jordan Draper

“The one thing that Jordan’s coaches impressed upon me was Jordan’s character," Kindler stated. She has that 'first in last out' mentality when it comes to practice. She is always there to assist a teammate in need or lend a hand. She has obvious leadership qualities and strong values. Her charisma and delivery will get you on board! Jordan attended camp as a young gymnast and said to us that she was destined to be a Sooner. We are so honored that she thought that then and so excited that she made it a reality.

“Jordan has an incredible work ethic," Kindler continued. "She pushes herself to the limit day in and day out. We believe there is nothing she cannot achieve given the opportunity. Her strengths are beam and floor, but we truly believe there are no boundaries for her.”

DRAPER'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2016 JO National Championships
    • 12th place on both bars and floor
    • 18th place in the all-around
  • 2016 Regionals
    • Floor champion
    • Fourth place in the all-around
  • 2015 State
    • Second place on beam
  • Member of the SR D Region 3 National Championship Team

ABIGAIL MATTHEWS

Abigail Matthews

Virginia Beach, Va. | Cincinnati Gymnastics | Photos

A current level 10 gymnast, Abigail Matthews hails from Virginia Beach, Va. She attends NUVHS and trains at Cincinnati Gymnastics under coaches Whitney Snowden, Rachael Gardner, Ashley Priess and Mary Lee Tracey. Matthews is the daughter of Fred and Angela Matthews and sister to Robbie and Ben. At OU, she plans to major in marketing and advertising.

“Abigail is wild for gymnastics. She eats, sleeps and breathes the sport," Kindler said. "She has thrown herself into the same fanaticism for OU decked out from head to toe in Sooner gear every time I see her. During her home visit this summer I learned more about her quirky sense of humor. She is creative, tough, positive and coachable. We know Abigail will push in the gym, but we are also fired up about her independent and motivated nature. She has high expectations and is all in for this next step of her life."

"I chose OU because it was a perfect fit. I loved the coaches, gymnasts and campus. I feel OU is a big family, and I wanted to be a part of that family."
— Abigail Matthews

In 2014, Matthews competed at the U.S. Secret Classic as an elite. She placed first in the all-around at a junior elite qualifer. Matthews, who stepped back to Level 10 following the 2015 season, has enjoyed great success at the state and regional levels, placing first on bars and beam at 2016 regionals and first on bars and second on beam at 2016 state. Other placings at state include first on bars and beam (2013) and second on bars, third on vault, beam and floor and third in the all-around (2012). She competed at nationals for the first time in 2016, placing sixth on bars, and was a participant at the 2014 U.S. Secret Classic.

“Abigail has a gorgeous line that will be envied on bars and beam," Kindler shared. "This same quality allows her to be beautiful dancer on floor as well. She has trained beside other excellent elite athletes and sees the preparation necessary to accomplish big things. She knows what it takes to be great.”

MATTHEWS' CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2016 JO National Championships
    • Sixth on bars
  • 2016 Regionals
    • First on bars and beam
  • 2016 State
    • First on bars; second on beam
  • 2013 State
    • First on bars and beam
  • 2012 State
    • Second on bars; third on vault, beam and floor; third in the all-around
  • 2014 U.S. Secret Classic

Evy Schoepfer

Evy Schoepfer

Ames, Iowa | Triad Gymnastics | Photos

A native of Ames, Iowa, Evy Schoepfer trains at Triad Gymnastics under coaches Tom and Donna Moretti and was a club teammate of current OU senior Kara Lovan. Schoepfer is the daughter of John and Kara Schoepfer and has one sister named Trudy. Currently, Schoepfer attends Gilbert High School and plans to be a chemical engineering major at Oklahoma.

“Evy is a very passionate person," Kindler explained. "She pours herself into every challenge. She aims to be an engineer and has had her eye on that goal since we first brought her to campus. She shines in the classroom with a perfect 4.0 GPA. In my time getting to know her what stands out is her internal drive to get better, regardless the objective. She is all about self-improvement on every level. I am impressed with that kind of initiative and believe it will only lift her to achieve her goals here at OU.”

"I absolutely love the coaches and facilities. I felt at home when I came, and my teammate, Kara Lovan, went to OU and had only positive things to say. OU had been getting better and better, and they had just won the NCAA National Championship."
— Evy Schoepfer

Schoepfer, a current Level 10 gymnast, has competed at the JO National Championships four times so far, finishing 42nd in the all-around in her first appearance in 2013 before soaring into third place in 2014, earning her a spot on the JO National Team. She has fifth and seventh place finishes to her name in 2015 and 2016, respectively. She has also excelled at the state and regionals, with finishes including second at both state and regionals (2013), fifth at state and first at regionals (2014), first at state and sixth at regionals (2015) and first at state and second at regionals (2016).

“Evy is a strong all-arounder and we expect that to continue," Kindler said. "She adds new skills into her routines each year and her high energy level will continue to propel her upward as she enters the collegiate scene. She has ambition. Every time we speak on the phone she has a vision of what she wants to do and how she plans to get there.”

SCHOEPFER'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2016 JO National Championships
    • Seventh in the all-around
  • 2016 Regionals
    • Second in the all-around
  • 2016 State
    • First in the all-around
  • 2015 JO National Championships
    • Fifth in the all-around
  • 2015 Regionals
    • Sixth in the all-around
  • 2015 State
    • First in the all-around
  • 2014 JO National Championships
    • Third in the all-around
    • JO National Team Member
  • 2014 Regionals
    • First in the all-around
  • 2014 State
    • Fifth in the all-around
  • 2013 Regionals
    • Second in the all-around
  • 2013 State
    • Second in the all-around

ANASTASIA WEBB

Anastasia Webb

Morton Grove, Ill. | IGI | Photos

Anastasia Webb, a JO National Team member, comes to Norman from Morton Grove, Ill. Webb trains at IGI, the same gym as recent OU alumna Haley Scaman, under coach Todd Gardiner. Her parents are Chris and Magda Webb, and she has one brother, George.

“When you speak with Anastasia, it is impossible not to hear the joy in her voice when she discusses family, gymnastics and becoming a Sooner," Kindler commented. "Her vitality and happiness are completely contagious, but inside lurks a fierce competitor. We are captivated by her demeanor when she takes to the competition floor. There is great confidence there and I believe it was cultivated through her family and her training. Anastasia hails from IGI and follows several former IGI athletes who became Sooners. I’m certain, however, that she will make her own significant mark on OU.”

"I chose OU because of the great coaching staff, excellent gymnastics program, state-of-the-art facilities and ongoing academic support."
— Anastasia Webb

Webb has competed at the Elite Level for the last two years and was at Level 10 for three years before that. This year, Webb placed first at regionals and state and second at nationals. She also participated in the 2016 All-Star Trip.

An academic honor roll member at Niles West High School, Webb plans to major in health and exercise science at OU and wants to become a physician assistant. She was also recruited by several other schools, including LSU, Alabama, Stanford, Utah, Denver and Michigan.

“We are certain Anastasia will be an all-arounder for OU right out of the gate," Kindler shared. "She had a break out season last year making the JO National Team after several years as an Elite. She is a very powerful and quick vaulter and tumbler, and yet an extremely graceful dancer. She has great confidence and there is no doubt she will be a team leader in competitions."

WEBB'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • JO National Team Member
    • Participated in 2016 All Star Trip
  • 2016 JO National Championships
    • Second in all-around
  • 2016 Regionals
    • First in all-around
  • 2016 State
    • First in all-around

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