Sooner Intel, Pt. II: OU news and nuggets

Second part of the Intel examines the linebacker situation for OU's 2014 class.

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Bond ready for next step

The Allstate Sugar Bowl victory has spurred recruiting for the Sooners, but it's not like OU was drowning on the trail to begin with.

For some of the recruits, it was just confirming once again OU is the place for them. One of them, junior college linebacker Devante Bond, is ready to get things rolling now. Bond said he will arrive at OU sometime this weekend.

"I'm ready," Bond said. "It's a big change, no doubt about that. But I can't wait to get there and show everybody what I can do."

Bond said he talked with OU linebackers coach Tim Kish earlier this week just to square things away and everything is fine.

It's not a football issue, but Bond said the people he was talking to the most this week were academic advisors and making sure everything transfers. He said his credits will transfer, but he's waiting to make sure his transcripts get sent to OU to clear up everything.

"We're solid," Bond said. "I did the work. I know I'll be there."

Another reason for him to be so excited is because of what the Sooners did against the Crimson Tide on a national stage. Part of that success was from Eric Striker as the sophomore linebacker had seven tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.

It was a great sign for Bond as many see Bond in that Striker role, coming off the edge and causing problems for the opposition.

But Striker is 6-foot and maybe 200 pounds. Bond said he is 6-2 and 240 pounds. And this is a dream come true.

"Never would have that this would be where I'm going," Bond said. "It is an absolute dream for me to be going to OU. I'm around 240 pounds. I could play at 245. I still have my quickness no matter what. With Striker, he balled out and just shows the great things that are going to happen."

Bond originally signed with Miami (Fla.) for the 2013 class but was a couple of academic credits shy from being able to be good to go. He took care of his issues this semester and will be a Sooner.

Thomas situation getting murky

OU obviously wants one more linebacker so somebody is going to be left out. The reality is with all the recruiting momentum the Sooners have right now, not everybody is going to be able to fit.

That might mean bad news for Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill linebacker Jonathan Thomas. As the Sooners have continued to make progress with Oklahoma City Douglass defensive star Deondre Clark, it's making Thomas appear to be on the outside looking in.

Thomas, a three-star prospect, said Tuesday night his visit was moved from Jan. 24 to Jan. 17. He is taking the SAT on Jan. 25 so he wanted to be closer to home so his visit was moved to OU's monster Jan. 17 weekend.

But now it appears a visit won't happen. A source close to the situation has confirmed that unless something drastically changes, OU is not going to have Thomas in for a visit. The line of thinking is the Sooners are full at linebacker because they're so confident they're going to be able to flip Clark from LSU and are also worried about Thomas' academic standing.

Clark, a four-star prospect ranked in the Scout 300, should be busy this month making trips. Schools like Ole Miss, LSU and Arizona State could be in the running. And he has already stated he is going to make his decision on national signing day (Feb. 5), but it looks like OU is so far out in front for Clark the Sooners are willing to shut down linebacker recruiting for the 2014 class.


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