When Devante Bond showed up for 2010 preseason drills at Foothill High School, it didn't take long before football coach Allen Berg recognized his potential.
“He was just a monster,” Berg said. “He was big, fast and just a great kid. Good work ethic.
“He had everything together — except experience.”
Bond didn't play the sport until he was a high school senior, so when he suits up for Oklahoma this fall, it will be only be the linebacker's fourth real season of organized football.
Because of his late development and grade issues, Bond never became a hot recruit out of high school. After two seasons at Sierra Community College, he signed with Miami (Fla.), but problems with transferring credits meant he couldn't enroll there.
“He fell in love with Miami,” Berg said. “He loved the coaching staff, loved the area, made some friends there. Then the whole grade thing went down, and I think it crushed him. But once he re-started the recruiting process, he was more excited about Oklahoma.”
Bond spent last fall competing course work and enrolled at OU for the spring semester, meaning he'll be able to go through Oklahoma's spring practices in March and April.
“He's really only now played three years of ball,” Berg said. “He's nowhere even close to reaching his ceiling. Hopefully Oklahoma can get him to his peak performance level. Even the last time I saw him, he's big, but you can see that he still has room to grow, which is just crazy.”