There’s always that feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Oklahoma traditionally doesn’t have a great recruiting class heading into the summer.
The Sooners are ranked No. 3 by Scout for 2017 and the term “SoonerSquad17” has become synonymous with the group. That’s the good.
But the worry, a realistic concern, is when you build a class so fast, so early, what are the chances everybody stays with you?
That’s the situation right now for OU fans when it comes to Miami Columbus defensive back Trajan Bandy.
Bandy, one of 10 commits in the Scout 300, pledged to OU back in February and visited the campus for the first time in April for the spring game.
No concerns until the hometown came calling in May. Bandy has said time and time again that even if a school like Miami would offer, he would stay true to the Sooners. The Hurricanes made the offer, and Bandy was back to the campus. Not as a wide-eyed youngster but as legitimate recruit.
“It just felt real,” said Bandy about his last trip to Miami. “I had never felt the love from Miami like that before, and I never thought they’d offer me.”
It didn’t take long for the speculation to begin about Bandy flipping to the Hurricanes. But with each passing day, each passing week and in listening to the words Bandy says, it’s not the slam dunk some thought last month. And it might not even be the most probable option.
“I’m definitely trying to get back to OU,” Bandy said. “If I could throw on some clothes and put on shoes, I’d be there right now. Nothing has changed for me with my love of OU.”
A question going forward might simply be about the depth chart. Bandy’s goal is to start as a freshman. Nothing is guaranteed, but he wants to at least know the possibility is out there through hard work.
There are still some people questioning his size, but Bandy made a lot of believers with his performance at the Five-Star Rivals Challenge less than two weeks ago, and he’ll have another opportunity to turn heads in two weeks.
Bandy is one of eight OU commits heading to The Opening, the all-star event of the summer at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Not only are eight going, but all eight will be on one single squad – Team Vapor Speed.
“It’s a great chance for all of us guys to get together,” Bandy said. “We’ll be playing on the same team in the future, and we all want to reach that next level. I’ll be honest, I wish all the OU commits were going to be there with us.”
Not all of them, but every single member of the defensive back class will be with Bandy with fellow Scout 300 recruits Tre Brown, Robert Barnes and Justin Broiles.
Bandy isn’t afraid to voice his opinion. He understands there was some backlash about the trip to Miami, but he’s going to stay true to himself. If he sees something in another school, he’s going to check it out. Bandy said he has been talking to his father for advice on the recruiting process and the other recruits with SoonerSquad17 haven’t been bothering him with questions.
“OU’s in my heart,” Bandy said. “You guys don’t have to worry about me decommitting. I’ll get back as soon as I can.”