OU a favorite for Bond

The Sooners hosted several top Cali high school prospects but don't forget about a Cali juco recruit, either.

There were a lot of top California high school prospects at Oklahoma last weekend. There were six, to be exact, and all of them are either four-star or five-star prospects.

But the most realistic option for OU to land another commitment from Cali resides in the junior college ranks and inside linebacker Devante Bond.

Bond, originally signed with Miami (Fla.) for the Class of 2013, but is back on the open market. He made his first trip to Norman, Okla., last weekend.

"Everything was smooth," Bond said. "The game time was great. I was happy to get there and hear about my degree because that's important. I had a chance to talk to the head of the entrepreneurship program. It was great."

Bond was high on OU's board last year, but the Sooners didn't go that final step and make an offer. That wasn't the case this year as Bond was offered last month.

Bond was hopeful to be with the Hurricanes, but an academics credits issue popped up during the summer not allowing him to be eligible. Miami wanted him for this season so Bond was back to the recruiting process once again.

At OU, he was hosted by linebacker Frank Shannon. It was important for Bond to hear from current players just how the OU coaches really are. Turns out everything is exactly as it appeared.

"He was telling me how great the coaches are but how hard you have to work," Bond said. "He was telling me this is a good spot for me because I can come in early and make an impact. That's something that's very important to me."

Despite playing on the other side of the ball, Bond said talking with wide receiver Jalen Saunders was incredibly beneficial for him.

Saunders, like Bond, is from the Sacramento area. After two years at Fresno State, Saunders transferred to OU last season. If Bond picks the Sooners, the story is very similar in that after time at junior college, he would be headed to Norman.

Bond said the visit couldn't have gone any better and the thought of committing did cross his mind. But he's not in a rush to do so. He has a Nebraska visit planned for next month and said Arizona State and California have both shown considerable amount of interest.

It might be tough to top the Sooners, though.

"If I had to pick right now, that's the place I'd be. I'd pick OU," Bond said.

Bond said he had good conversations with OU coach Bob Stoops and OU linebackers coach Tim Kish and knows he would fit in well with the OU defense right now.

He came into the visit believing OU could be his future home. Nothing he experienced during the weekend has convinced him otherwise.

"It helped confirm things," Bond said. "It made things even better than they were before."

Bond said he will go into his Nebraska visit with an open mind, but in the back of his head, he'll be thinking OU.

"It's going to be tough not to," Bond said. "I have a lot to think about."

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