Sunderland familiar with in-state schools

Location can sometimes be a blessing as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are finding out one more time with Scout 300 safety Will Sunderland.

It's not planned, but it tends to happen this way more often than not. When it comes to the top OKPreps prospects, they tend to stick to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Sometimes it's because it's the only schools who are interested. Other times it's because they dreamed of being a Sooner or Cowboy. And others are because it's too difficult to go through the recruiting process far away from home.

Right now there is no question Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland is starting to face that yearly quandary. Sunderland, a member of the Scout 300, is starting to see his interest pick up.

He already has offers from OU, OSU, Kansas State and Arkansas but more could be on the horizon. The question now becomes whether or not Sunderland will want to let the process play out?

Because right now, it's the Sooners and Cowboys and then everybody else. He has made multiple visits to the two in-state schools and has already made spring practice visits to both schools.

It's no accident schools like Alabama and Ohio State are starting to show interest as Sunderland proved his worth as the MVP of the defensive backs at the Rivals camp in Dallas earlier this month.

"I didn't go there looking to prove anything, but I just wanted to show my skills," Sunderland said. "I showed the county I can do some things. I can play safety and cornerback."

Following his impressive performance, he heard from one of the Alabama coaches on social media telling him congratulations on a great outing. The Buckeyes had already been showing consistent interest, and the camp performance just reinforced that.

As of now, Sunderland is planning a trip to Columbus in July. The question is if he'll be able to make it that far, especially with OU breathing down his neck.

"Right now I'm starting to look at a lot of things," Sunderland said. "I'm looking at who's leaving the team, who's coming in, things like that. I'm researching history. Me and my coach are researching a lot of things."

It was OU that struck first, offering Sunderland in August. What has followed has been several trips to Norman, including another trek two weeks ago for spring practice.

For the majority of the practice, he was side-by-side with either Bob Stoops or Mike Stoops as the relationship continues to grow.

"It was cool being on the field with them and watching them," Sunderland said. "Watching them communicate and seeing what it actually takes to succeed."

After taking spring break week off, Sunderland was back to Stillwater to see the Cowboys. Once again he spent a lot of time with Mike Gundy and said he is feeling more comfortable at OSU as time keeps going on.

OU is going to strike once again as Sunderland said he's definitely going to be at OU's spring game April 12. He was close to committing to OU at its junior day. Sooner fans are certainly hoping the atmosphere in April will be enough to lock him up.

As for now, Sunderland is just working on getting better. Last year he wanted to make a name for himself. He has done that. Now he has the Nike camp this weekend and is looking forward to putting on a show his senior season.

"I want to get more interceptions than last year," Sunderland said. "I want to get more tackles than I had last year. I'm going to go hard every game and keep making a name for myself."


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