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In the end, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise.
Trajan Bandy is a South Florida native. He was raised as a Miami Hurricanes fan, he waited on an offer from the Hurricanes before committing after backing out of a previous pledge to Oklahoma, racking up 36 total scholarship opportunities in the process. And, the Miami Columbus product visited the Coral Gables campus on not one but two unofficial visits during the days leading up to his commitment.
The final result was a pledge a long-time coming for the ‘Canes and new head coach Mark Richt.
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“I will no longer be interested in any other school,” Bandy told 247 Sports on Monday, hours after informing the Miami coaching staff of his decision during a visit to Coral Gables with his father. “I will be attending the University of Miami.
“I’ve been a fan of Miami since I was five years old. … “The coaches were super excited.”
The reason for that excitement is clear: Bandy is one heck of an athlete. A competitor at The Opening Finals, Bandy stands shorter than 5-foot-10 and claims in this profile video that coaches long doubted he could play cornerback at a high enough level to be effective.
Clearly, he’s answered those concerns decisively:
Now, Bandy will head to the school he grew up cheering for, where he’ll eventually get to play with Columbus defensive backfield teammates and friends Christopher Hendersonand Josh Jobe.
Not a bad way to go, Mr. Bandy. Not bad at all.
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