There is a feeling among Oklahoma fans that the commitment of Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor in early June was what got things rolling in the right direction again for the Sooners.
After losing two Scout 300 prospects to decommitments in back-to-back weeks in the spring, Mbanasor was a sign OU wasn’t about to fall off the trail.
Mbanasor, also in the Scout 300, returned to Norman this last weekend for his official visit. Safe to say his focus was all about the defensive backs.
“I loved the intensity of the crowd and watching the defensive backs do their drills,” Mbanasor said. “It was great to watch part of the game from the sideline.”
Since his commitment, Mbanasor has been pretty quiet about things. A one-time commit to TCU, he said he was sure the next commitment would be his last.
Just because he’s not vocal doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere.
“No, no truth at all (of looking around),” Mbanasor said. “I chose Oklahoma. I researched it all. I’m definitely with OU for as long as I’m going to college. This visit, all it did was reassured me why I chose this (OU).”
Mbanasor said he loved watching the defensive backs play, and all the big-time plays they made in OU’s 34-10 win against Tennessee. But what he might have liked even more was just soaking it all in, he said realizing how special of a situation he is in right now.
At this time last year OU freshman running back Samaje Perine was teammates with Mbanasor so he knows he can earn an opportunity for playing time.
For now, though, he would like if he could just have one ball thrown in his direction. Through three games, Mbanasor said he has not had one pass thrown his way. Every play he has made has been from him running to the ball and just using his instincts.
He hopes that will change as Pflugerville Hendrickson goes against conference opponents the rest of the way.
“I think it’s going to change because they want to see if I’m ‘hype’ or not,” Mbanasor said.