Feature photo courtesy of Calvin Bundage.
Update (2/3/16): Calvin Bundage has signed to Oklahoma State.
A correction has been made to this article. Calvin Bundage is from Edmond, Oklahoma, not Edmond, Kansas, as we originally reported.
For Calvin Bundage, the 2014-2015 season was both a time of personal growth and difficulty. Despite his team missing out on the playoffs, Bundage was still able to shine as one of Edmond Santa Fe High School’s leading tacklers and playmakers on defense.
“Last season went really well for me,” Bundage said. “I think I established a name for myself and put it out there well.”
The 6-foot-3-inch, 200 pound safety from Edmond, Oklahoma, has impressed many college recruiters across the nation with his ferocious tackling and productivity on the field. With offers from several schools like Oregon, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Bundage continues to train over the offseason to gain more exposure.
Blessed to have received an offer from the University of Oregon!? pic.twitter.com/Xju8lgYeKO
— Calvin Bundage (@bundage27) June 14, 2015
“I’m talking to several coaches now and trying to build good relationships with them,” Bundage said. “So I would say my recruiting journey is going well so far.”
Bundage described himself as a very physical player, with his quick lateral movement as one of his biggest strengths. He also mentioned his growth as a player mentally and physically and how he is much more explosive now then he was before.
“I like to close in on the ball fast,” Bundage explained. “I surround the ball and hustle down to get it.”
While several colleges have offered and expressed their interest in recruiting Bundage, he mentioned that he currently does not have a particular school on his radar. Bundage said he would take his time and wait until next year to make a decision.
With his final season on the horizon, Bundage said he is doing what he can during the offseason to comeback stronger and faster. Despite his team going 5-5 and missing the playoffs last season, Bundage is hopeful he can lead his team to success.
“I’m working hard now and going to weight training,” Bundage said. “I’m also trying to get my footwork better for next season.”
As a freshman, Bundage played the offensive lineman position and weighed around 250 pounds before deciding to take his sophomore season off. During this time, Bundage said he lost weight and transitioned towards playing safety.
Bundage is the younger brother of Cayman Bundage, a starting offensive lineman for the University of Arizona. Bundage explained that he would be consulting his brother when the time comes for him to narrow down his options and make a final decision.
“I will make a list eventually,” Bundage explained. “Until then, I’ll continue to weigh my options.”
Looking ahead towards his final season of high school football, Bundage mentioned he’s looking to collect at least 90 tackles and 10 interceptions next year. While Bundage has been called the No.1 recruit in the state of Oklahoma by several sites, he explains that he’s only trying to play his best each time he steps out on the field.
“I think I play my position well,” Bundage said. “I try to do everything I can to get my team the win.”
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