Bundage still sorting things out

Calvin Bundage is the No. 1 player in the state and OU has its targets set on him, but he's enjoying the process.

If Oklahoma fans had to guess who the first in-state commitment was going to be for the 2016 class, no doubt Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe safety/outside linebacker Calvin Bundage would have been the popular pick.

Bundage, ranked No. 213 in the Scout 300, was offered by OU out of the blue in November and was able to make the trip to Norman for Bedlam. He returned to OU last weekend for OU’s junior day and had some hoping the “boom” would be felt.

It obviously wasn’t as though OU has built up a great relationship in a short period of time with Bundage, he’s not ready to end his search.

“It’s not even a thought in my head right now,” said Bundage about a potential commitment. “It has been really crazy, but I’m not really thinking about it.”

You can understand that feeling for Bundage, who has separated himself from the rest of the state at least when it comes to offers. He has the two in-state powers with OU and Oklahoma State but schools like TCU, Arizona and Michigan are among his other notable offers.

It was crucial for OU to get him back on campus because it was the first time he has met new defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks. It’s tough to project if Bundage will be a safety or outside linebacker because he has the frame for both, but OU made it apparent it’s safety.

“I was with the defensive backs a lot more,” Bundage said. “That was my first time meeting him. He seemed pretty cool. He knew a lot about the game so it was a good time.”

With all of the uncertainty at the defensive back coaching spot in the last six weeks, it has been Bob Stoops doing a lot of the recruiting of Bundage. The two were able to reconnect once again as Bundage said he spent around 30 minutes or so with Stoops and continues to build that bond.

OU is the third junior day he has attended, joining TCU and Oklahoma State. He’s looking to hit the Kansas event this weekend, which should mark a mini-OKPreps invasion of Lawrence as a lot of Oklahoma high school kids are expected to make the trip north.

OU being the hometown school feels like the favorite, but Bundage hasn’t said anything of that nature. And it’s going to be tough to overtake Arizona, especially since that’s where his older brother, Cayman Bundage, plays.

Calvin said he talks to Cayman every day as his older brother is always there to give advice. There’s one piece that is standing out.

“If he messed up somewhere along the road, he wants to make sure I don’t do that, too,” Bundage said. “I think the best piece of advice he has given so far is to do what you want to do and not having anybody influence your decision.”

The offers definitely won’t stop coming as Louisville became the latest one to make it official Monday evening.


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