Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops landed his biggest commitment of the 2015 class Tuesday afternoon, as 4-star Texas cornerback PJ Mbanasor (Hendrickson High School) announced he will be playing for the Sooners next season.
Mbanasor made the news public on Twitter:
"(I am) done with recruitment," Mbanasor told Football Brainiacs. "I've analyzed every factor, prayed about it, considered in my heart and I am done with recruitment. I am 100,000 percent sure!"
Mbanasor is the No. 133 overall player and No. 17 cornerback in the country, per the 247Sports composite rankings. He is the ninth top-20 cornerback to commit and the first to commit to a Big 12 school.
At 6'0.5", Mbanasor fits the mold of the new-age man-coverage cornerback—the mold made famous in recent seasons by the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. He is physical on the outside and in run support, and even though he could stand to add some weight to his 176-pound frame, he projects as a complete defensive back at the next level.
Oklahoma sorely needed this commitment. Prior to Mbanasor, it only had four other players signed up in the 2015 class and only two—defensive tackle Marquise Overton and offensive tackle Bobby Evans—who ranked among the top 400 prospects in the country.
But both of those guys, like Mbanasor, rank among the top 150 prospects in the country, which has allowed the Sooners to move up from No. 50 to No. 42 on the 247Sports team rankings, per OU Insider:
The cycle is young and Stoops has never had trouble attracting talent to Norman, so there was not much reason to fret even before this signing. But bringing in a player of Mbanasor's caliber should, at the very least, quell some of the chatter about his struggles.
It also provides a nice developmental prospect on the outside for a team that just lost Aaron Colvin at the position.
Pretty solid get for the Sooners.
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