He’s just a kid from Miami, that’s how Miami Columbus cornerback Trajan Bandy describes himself. Just a kid from Miami so no reason for Oklahoma to come knocking at his door.
But the Sooners did just that, offering Bandy last month. He had other offers, earned others after the Sooners, but it was obvious the OU offer meant something to Bandy.
Instead of prolonging the process and perhaps missing a shot at his spot, Bandy ended the process Sunday and committed to the Sooners.
“I never thought OU would offer anyone in Miami,” Bandy said. “To be a kid from Miami with an opportunity to go to OU, I was shocked.”
He’s not wrong. OU rarely ventures into the actual city of Miami. The last recruit OU landed from that part was Ahmad Thomas back for the 2013 class.
OU, of course, was in Miami in December for its preparation for the Capital One Orange Bowl. Bandy said he didn’t attend any practices because he didn’t have an offer at the time. That would all change fairly quickly once he got talking to Kerry Cooks and Bob Stoops.
“I started talking to those guys, and I felt like they were real with me,” Bandy said. “They want to play me all around the field. Corner, safety, nickel, it doesn’t matter. They said they really like my game.”
It’s tough to see Bandy’s point of view of being disrespected. He’s a four-star cornerback, ranked No. 253 in the Scout 300, but yet he doesn’t have an offer from Miami, Florida or Florida State.
He’s heard all the reasons before. He’s not mad about it anymore. It’s all just being used as a motivation now.
“I’ve heard schools say they like another person more,” Bandy said. “I’ve heard them say they want bigger corners. I’ve heard I’m too small. I’m just letting everything motivate me.”
What you won’t hear anybody say about Bandy is he’s not fast. Bandy’s speed has helped him separate himself from a lot corners who are around his 5-foot-10 frame.
It’s no doubt one of the first things that caught the eye of Cooks and Stoops.
Bandy released a top 10 last week with OU No. 1 and the thought process all along was he would commit to OU when he visits Norman in April.
But with his father’s support, Bandy was ready to make the call. Bandy said he wanted to pick OU, and his father was right there in agreement.
“I called Coach Cooks and let him know, and he said they would accept my commitment,” Bandy said. “What I like about those coaches is they’re funny. They’re not stuck up or anything like that.”
After talking with Cooks, Bandy called Stoops, and Bandy said Stoops answered on the first ring and couldn’t have been more excited.
“He said he watched my film and said I’m exactly what they’re looking for,” Bandy said. “He said I will fit in well with their defense.”
He’s a Miami kid, but he has some Oklahoma roots. Bandy said his father has family that lives in Oklahoma, and Bandy actually made the drive to Oklahoma a couple of years ago. He doesn’t remember much about the trip, except for it being really long.
He also didn’t know much about Bob Stoops at the time. That’s all changing now.
Bandy is still expected to visit Norman in April, but he wishes he could come right now. Like literally this second. Bandy said he is hopeful he could visit before then, but he has no idea if it will work out.
It’s natural to wonder what would happen in his recruitment if any of three big boys from Florida started to show interest. Bandy was able to put it in perspective.
“To be honest, it would be really tough for me to decommit from Oklahoma now,” Bandy said. “They’ve shown a lot of faith in me.
“Those other schools? They’ve known about me for a long time. They’ve had the chance to recruit me for a while but didn’t make the offer.
“Really, you just don’t understand how excited I am right now to be committed to the University of Oklahoma. I can’t wait.”