Calvin Bundage Earns Top Spot In Oklahoma

In a year where running backs are the most prominent position that is rich for recruiting for Division I schools in Oklahoma there is a defensive back/linebacker that is topping the charts as the top target in the state and it is no fluke. So how has Calvin Bundage jumped out to be the top-rated prospect in Oklahoma? A little video study tells all you need to know.

Calvin Bundage is the younger brother of starting Arizona offensive lineman Cayman Bundage, who played his high school football at Oklahoma City Douglass. He is a little undersized at 6-3, 190 pounds as he has not dominated the supper table even since big brother departed.

This Bundage packs every bit the punch that his older brother does but a lot of it comes from getting a running start at his target. Schools love it as they might have an oversized cornerback, a very solid safety that can see the field, or an ultra-athletic outside linebacker that fits the mode of what a lot of defenses use today, such as the "star" linebacker position for defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer at Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys have offered Bundage but just this week he added the likes of Kansas and Arizona State to his list of offers that also includes Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan, OU, TCU, Texas Tech, and Tulsa. We list him tops on our Oklahoma list and so do several others.

When watching him in games, you see a very aggressive and hungry defender and we always like to his the negatives first. The biggest negative for Bundage is that sometimes he is too aggressive and will over run a play.

Generally, he is spot on with both his anticipation and his pursuit angle to the ball. In fact, it is uncanny sometimes that from the other side of the field he ends up being exactly where he needs to be. His vision is outstanding whether he is positioned on the outside, edge of the line (EOL), or inside as a safety or positioned up. He will take a running start shortly after the snap and his vision and anticipation is really good.

When he gets there he packs a punch, and like a lot of young defensive players uses the shoulder or chest or combination looking for the big hit. He will use his arms, but we'd like to see that more for tackle security. He seems to know when he really needs to use them and showed that in the Edmond Memorial game when he was dealing with the slippery Warren Wand in the Bulldogs backfield.

For 190 pounds he has a lot of power and most of that is generated with his speed. He will get stronger upper body and my anticipation because I like him best as an outside linebacker with some coverage responsibility and a lot of pass rush opportunity.

He finished last season with 81 tackles, and 57 of those were unassisted. He had nine tackles for loss and was also credited with a fumble recovery and a fumble forced.

He can cover in pass situations well enough to handle high quality high school receivers, but I think his physicality and his nose for the ball is better put to use playing from the inside to the EOL rather than on the perimeter. He deserves his spot on the Oklahoma recruiting lists.


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