The Oklahoma Sooners have a new top-rated recruit in the 2015 class with the Tuesday addition of Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback PJ Mbanasor, who unexpectedly announced his commitment via Twitter:
Let's gooooo! I'm done! #BlessedBoomer— PJ Mbanasor (@PeterJayy_2) June 3, 2014
Mbanasor will join former high school teammate Samaje Perine at Oklahoma. A running back, Perine signed with the Sooners as a member of the 2014 recruiting class.
A 6'1, 175-pounder, Mbanasor was one of the fastest rising prospects in the state of Texas during the spring. Briefly committed to TCU from late January until the middle of March, the Sooners were the first major school to offer after the Horned Frogs.
By early May, he had added offers from the likes of Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Arkansas, LSU, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, and Penn State.
Several days before announcing his commitment, Mbanasor released his top seven schools -- Nebraska, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Florida, and LSU.
The commitment to Oklahoma was hardly a surprise, however, as the Hendrickson product had been considered a Sooner lean for some time, with the industry consensus unanimous according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball rankings.
Considered a consensus four-star prospect, Mbanasor is the No. 17 cornerback in the country, the No. 18 player in the state of Texas, and the No. 133 player in the country in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
With excellent height for the cornerback position and extremely long arms, Mbanasor looks like an ideal boundary press corner who can jam big opposing wide receivers at the line of scrimmage without suffering from the height disadvantage that many cornerbacks face at that position.
The physicality extends past the line of scrimmage, as Mbanasor consistently uses the sideline to his advantage, pushing weaker wide receivers into the boundary and out of play.
There's also plenty of room for growth on his frame and how much he adds could depend on maintaining his speed and whether he can keep weight on -- maxed out, he could easily reach 200 pounds.
In an impressive showing at the Dallas NFTC in early April, the lanky cornerback earned a coveted invitation to The Opening with his performance. However, he did raise some concerns about his straight-line speed, as he ran a 4.70 40. A 4.37 shuttle time was perhaps a little bit better mark, while a 34.2-inch vertical leap provided evidence of his explosiveness.
The reactive quickness on the field for Mbanasor looks more impressive than his testing numbers from what was a rather chilly day in DeSoto two months ago, but his recovery speed could still be an issue in college if he's in press coverage and misses his jam or if he gets beat for another reason.
Considering that the physicality is there in run support setting the edge, the worst-case scenario in college is that Mbanasor moves to safety and makes plays there.
Oklahoma now has five pledges in the 2015 class in a group that has been rather slow to come together for head coach Bob Stoops, much like the 2014 class. The group now ranks No. 37 in the country and No. 7 in the Big 12 in the 247Sports Composite rankings.