Good things come to wait. Junior college linebacker Devante Bond has been waiting a long time to play big-time college football.
He’s going to get his chance at Oklahoma. Bond, a three-star linebacker, confirmed his commitment to the Sooners on Monday night.
It might have happened a year later than he thought, but it has finally happened. Bond originally signed with Miami (Fla.) for the Class of 2013 but academic issues kept him from being a Hurricane.
He was on OU’s radar for last year, and once the Sooners learned he was available for this season, OU linebackers coach Tim Kish jumped at the opportunity.
Bond said he has been released from his commitment to Miami so everything is good to go for him to arrive in Norman in January.
The only obstacle was Nebraska. Bond made official visits to OU and Nebraska in the last month and made things a lot clear.
A Monday conversation with OU coaches Kish and Bob Stoops sealed the deal.
“I had questions I needed them to answer,” Bond said. “We had a long conversation today and got everything answered.”
It has been two weeks since Bond visited Nebraska, which has given him a lot to think about. He said the decision has been weighing on his mind a lot, and he was ready to end it all.
Bond tried to let Nebraska know, called them twice but was unable to reach them. Either way, he was done playing the waiting game. He’s ready to be a Sooner.
“It was meant to be,” Bond said. “Everything happens for a reason. This is the right system for me, and I know I can do a lot of great things.”
Bond is OU’s third commitment in two days and its second junior college pledge in the last two days as well.
He is the 18th overall commitment of the class and third linebacker. OU needs a lot of linebackers, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see OU go after one more.
For now, though, a need was addressed in getting somebody like Bond who can make an immediate impact.