Trajan Bandy to Oklahoma: Sooners Land 4-Star CB Prospect

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 21, 2016

Credit: 247Sports

Trajan Bandy, a 4-star cornerback prospect from Columbus High School in Miami, announced his commitment to play college football for the Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday.

Bandy is the 42nd-ranked player from Florida, the 26th-rated cornerback and the No. 263 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.  

Listed by 247Sports at 5'10" and 180 pounds, Bandy already has some decent bulk to his frame and has the flexibility to play in the slot in sub-packages or even on the outside. He shows plenty of functional strength, plays with an evident tenacity and often delivers big hits.

Smaller wideouts may be wary of going over the middle because of Bandy's physicality, an attribute that ought to allow him to guard bigger pass-catchers even during the early stages of his college career.

What he lacks in elite top-end speed—247Sports lists him as running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash—he makes up for with the ability to diagnose plays, his natural instincts and a relentless style of play.

Although Oklahoma returns plenty of depth in the secondary this next year despite the loss of stud corner Zack Sanchez to the NFL, there's room for Bandy to establish himself.

It's a bit early to speculate just how soon he'll see the field on a regular basis, but he has the skill set to make a case. With the multitude of spread offenses that occupy the Big 12 and the Sooners' current 4-2-5 defensive scheme, per Ourlads, Bandy figures to be a key to the team's future.

Oklahoma has picked up six commitments for its 2017 class, all of whom are 4-star recruits, per 247Sports. His pledge is merely a verbal one, but he had offers from other big-time programs and chose to make a rather swift decision in declaring his intentions so soon.


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