OU commit in focus: P.J. Mbanasor

OU commitment P.J. Mbanasor

The second visit sealed the deal as four-star CB P.J. Mbanasor is headed to Norman.

The first visit to Oklahoma was nice. Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor enjoyed coming to Norman for OU's junior day in February.

But a big thing was missing from that visit. The absence of his parents kept things from progressing as fast as some OU fans would have liked.

That's never been a problem for OU coach Bob Stoops. He'll wait until the time is right. The time was right for Mbanasor on Tuesday afternoon as he announced he has committed to the Sooners.

Mbanasor and his parents visited OU last weekend. And though the plan was for Mbanasor to visit his top seven schools, all of that is now washed away. He's 100 percent with OU.

"After my visit, my parents loved it," Mbanasor said. "They were definitely confident about everything. I prayed on it. It was just too good of an opportunity. It's almost too realistic of an opportunity to come in and play."

Mbanasor released a top seven late last week, but one thing stood out with the fact OU was the only school in the top seven he had already seen. He's not worried about that. He realizes he won't see those other schools, but he's set with being a Sooner.

When he visited the first time, he was committed to TCU. OU was his second offer so it's not like the Sooners hadn't been pursuing him. Mbanasor said that meant a lot. The offer total is now around 30, but OU never went away.

"OU is the only school in the Big 12 in my opinion that produces to the highest degree," Mbanasor said. "They've been producing since before I was born."

The clincher was getting his parents to be excited about it. He admits his parents aren't big football fans so that's not what they're interested in. But they felt 100 percent comfortable with how things were during the OU visit.

Mbanasor told OU coaches Stoops, Bobby Jack Wright, Jerry Montgomery and Courtney Viney and their reaction was a little funny. OU is hosting a camp for 3rd-8th graders right now, and the kids were looking at the coaches funny because the coaches were jumping up and down and excited about Mbanasor's commitment.

Mbanasor is OU's fifth commitment for the Class of 2015 and the third in the Scout 300. Mbanasor is ranked No. 21 at cornerback and No. 162 overall. He joins Dallas South Oak Cliff's Jamile Johnson as defensive backs pledged to the Sooners.

Mbanasor's former teammate, running back Samaje Perine, will be a freshman for OU this fall. Mbanasor said Perine was one of the first people he told about his commitment.

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