Throughout the majority of last year’s recruiting cycle, one man sort of became the face of the class and top recruiter.
Natural born recruiters don’t always turn out to be great players, especially with expectations so high. From Midwest City (Okla.) High, only a mere 20-30 minutes away from Norman, there is a lot of pressure to be in Sunderland’s situation, too.
At first, maybe it was too much, but Sunderland is starting to find his groove. Evidence of that was on full display in one of the team’s scrimmages when sources said the freshman had two interceptions.
“He has an intensity, love and care for this program,” defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks said. “I think he takes pride in coming from Oklahoma.”
Sunderland is one of five defensive back freshmen from Oklahoma or Texas but the only from the Sooner State. Cooks said last week that if it was up to him, he would like to play all five freshmen defensive backs this season.
Sunderland was listed as the backup at strong safety when the Sooners unveiled their depth chart Monday evening so it’s clear he’s well on his way.
Getting kids from those areas usually means they’re more vested in the program, and that sounds like it might be a real good thing as it pertains to Sunderland.