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Monday, November 18, 2013
Sooners get another west coast commit

By Damon Sayles

The month of November has been good to California junior college players interested in playing for Oklahoma. On Monday, the Sooners landed their third juco prospect and first juco player that will help the defensive side of the ball.

Devante Bond (Roseville, Calif./Sierra College) said that he has verbally committed to Oklahoma. A 6-foot-3, 240-pound outside linebacker with 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Bond chose Oklahoma over offers from Nebraska, Cal, West Virginia and others.

Bond visited Oklahoma the weekend of Oct. 4. He also visited Nebraska the weekend of Nov. 1. Bond's decision ultimately came down to the Sooners and Cornhuskers.

"Everything just felt right with the program and with academics," Bond said. "I knew I'd be taken care of [at Oklahoma]. I feel like I can put myself in the best position to get to the next level."

Recruited by linebackers coach Tim Kish, Bond is the third linebacker to commit to the Sooners, joining three-stars Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) and Curtis Bolton (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta). Bond also added to Oklahoma's trend of finding players from California, as he is the fifth player in the 2014 class to commit from the Golden State.

Bond played his high school ball in Sacramento, Calif., at Foothill High School. He originally committed to and signed with Miami in the 2013 class, but he fell two classes short and chose to reopen his process and attend junior college. Academically, Bond is good to go, and he's excited about contributing to the Sooners and for coach Bob Stoops.

Bond admitted that the decision to pick Oklahoma over Nebraska was one of the toughest he's had to make. There was a sense of comfort that Bond said gave the Sooners a slight edge.

"There was a time where I really didn't know what to do," Bond said. "When I took the trip to Nebraska, I was pretty much set on OU, but coming back from the trip, I started thinking about it.

"Then, I started looking at the facts. I felt comfortable with coaching staff and with Coach Kish. Now I'm ready to go."

On Sunday, tight end Isaac Ijalana (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College) gave Oklahoma his commitment. On Nov. 11, tight end Jean Sifrin (Torrance, Calif./El Camino College) told ESPN's Blair Angulo that he gave his pledge to the Sooners but is awaiting his academic standing. Bolton and ESPN 300 wide receiver Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) are the other players from the Golden State headed to Norman, Okla.