Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor knows the story. Growing up in Texas, you’re supposed to want to be a Longhorn. It’s supposed to be your dream.
Not really was for Mbanasor when he was younger, and it certainly isn’t any more for the four-star Oklahoma commit.
Mbanasor is one of two OU commits that have an offer from Texas. Katy (Texas) High running back Rodney Anderson is the other one.
But neither Anderson nor Mbanasor really ever gave much thought about going to Austin.
“Where I’m at, you’re supposed to either be a UT or Aggie (Texas A&M) fan, and I wasn’t.”
Mbanasor’s first offer came from TCU, while his second came from the Sooners. It took a long while for the Longhorns to enter into the picture. Several prominent out of state schools had made the offer, while Mbanasor was just waiting.
It’s pretty similar to what happened with Samaje Perine. Mbanasor’s former teammate and future teammate never got a strong look from Texas despite being less than 30 minutes away from the school.
“It was a blessing to have that offer, and I was never offended,” Mbanasor said. “I can’t be offended whatsoever when it comes to something like a scholarship.”
He wasn’t offended, but he did notice how hard OU was trying to recruit him and that made a world of a difference. Mbanasor decommitted from TCU and eventually committed to OU in the spring.
Since then, his recruitment has gone quiet as he still talks to OU cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright every single week, and he had a great time during his official visit to Norman last month.
One thing he is not surprised about is the way Perine has adapted to the college game. Seven touchdowns in the last two games is not a shock to Mbanasor.
“I knew what Samaje could be when I met him when we were younger,” Mbanasor said. “All he’s doing is translating that hard work he has always done since he came out of the womb. I couldn’t be more proud of him.
“He’s getting after it like I expected. I knew he could change the game. Freshman is just a title. It’s all about the mindset about being the best on the field.”
Mbanasor’s mindset has changed as well now in his senior season. The first few weeks, nobody would throw to his side.
That has been altered, but he showed why nobody looked in his direction with an interception on the first ball thrown his way.
“It’s an untouchable mindset right now,” Mbanasor said. “The way I prepare now is on a whole different scale. Every time I’m on the field, it’s just special.”