OU commit in focus: Juco OLB Devante Bond

OU commit juco OLB Devante Bond

OU has had a great week on the trail with three commits in 36 hours, culminating with junior college linebacker Devante Bond.

The linebacker position is starting to come together for Oklahoma and for linebackers coach Tim Kish now in his second year with the Sooners.

He's getting comfortable with everything, and he's recruiting the players he wants. He got commit No. 3 for the Class of 2014 on Monday night when junior college linebacker Devante Bond confirmed his pledge to OU.

Bond, who is 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, was originally classified for the 2013 group and signed with Miami (Fla.). He said he has been fully released from this commitment and is ready to hit OU's campus in January.

That last part is key. Bond must be ready to roll from January on as he will only have two years to play two since this year has been essentially a waste.

All Bond has done this semester is workout and go to class. Workout and go to class. He couldn't play for Sierra College in California, and he only needed a couple of classes to be ironed out.

He said he feels he's bigger and stronger. We'll find out soon enough. If he is, Bond will play beyond his three-star rating.

Bond gives OU another strong pass rusher, firmly in the mold of sophomore Eric Striker. But he might also end up being big enough to be in the middle. What he brings is versatility and that's something you can never have too much of. The combo of Bond and Striker already has OU fans salivating at what they can do.

The Sooners don't have a lot of depth at linebacker. Three pledges sounds like enough, but it's probably not going to be. Look for OU to go after one more.

OU already had commitments from three-star prospects Allen (Texas) High's Tay Evans and Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High's Curtis Bolton. Both will have time to mature, while Bond is definitely going to be expected to come right in and produce.

He said OU's defensive system is more tailored to his strengths and was a vital reason as to why he chose OU instead of Nebraska.

Kish was teetering with OU fans following last season. A strong performance on the field and now on the recruiting trail has the Sooner faithful with restored belief in Kish. More importantly, linebacker is back to being a prominent position at OU.

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