A commitment three years in the making.
Oklahoma has found its junior college defensive back for the 2016 class. And the Sooners didn’t really have to look far from it.
Former Oklahoma high school star and now at Miami (Okla.) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Maurice Chandler announced Wednesday afternoon he has committed to the Sooners.
Chandler originally committed to Texas Tech coming out of high school for the 2013 class but was unable to qualify academically.
He played high school at Lawton (Okla.) High, and the Sooners were high on Chandler back then. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops showed an incredible amount of interest for Chandler, who has legitimate track speed.
Chandler returned to OU a couple of months ago to watch a Sooners spring practice and received the offer from first-year defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.
With the attrition that has occurred in OU’s secondary and being so close to home, it’s a natural fit for Chandler who will have two years eligibility left when he arrives to Norman.
Chandler is OU’s sixth commitment for the 2016 class and the second in the span of a couple weeks for OU from NEO. Defensive end Austin Roberts, who is classified for the 2015 class, committed two weeks ago and intends to report to OU next month.
Sooners Illustrated attempted to contact Chandler, but he said his phone won’t work again until Friday. He did offer this direct message on Twitter:
“Boom! It had to happen real sooner,” Chandler said.