The U-Factor: a Columbus football player’s dream is achieved

Trajan Bandy’s journey is full of ups and downs. And throughout it all, he has maintained one dream: play football for the University of Miami.

Bandy is a senior at Christopher Columbus High School and a standout defensive back for the football team. Like many his age, Bandy grew up watching the Canes on TV. Players like Sean Taylor, Devin Hester, and Frank Gore inspired Bandy to work his hardest to achieve his dream.

Growing up in South Florida, football is all he had. One of Bandy’s closest friends growing up was current Chicago Bears safety and former Columbus and Miami defensive back Deon Bush.

“I used to go out there with my buddy that was committed, and it just felt like home to me,” said Bandy.

After earning his first Division-I scholarship offer in the 10th grade, Bandy’s dream was getting closer and closer. He continued to rack up offers from schools like Alabama, LSU, and Clemson. The one he desperately awaited was Miami though. And as long as head coach Al Gore was in place, it wasn’t going to come.

Former head coach Al Gore hesitated to offer Bandy because of his size, a major factor in his recruitment process. Bandy is a 5’10” defensive back, a position that requires height to defend against tall receivers. Despite this, many schools saw the heart and tenacity that he played with, but Miami was not one of them. After feeling disrespected, Bandy committed to Oklahoma his junior year.

Bandy went on to achieve many prestigious honors such as an invite to The Nike Opening in Oregon, the most coveted and competitive football camp in the country. He continued to earn scholarship offers and finished with over 30. Bandy also continued to lead the Columbus defense on the field.

In 2016, Miami named Mark Richt the new head football coach. And that meant a lot of changes coming Bandy’s way, as well.

Richt saw the talent in the undersized corner and offered him almost right away. Soon after, Bandy decommitted from Oklahoma and released a top 5 list with Miami at the top. And the rest is history…

Bandy enrolled at Miami this past Thursday and is already getting familiar with the team, coaches, fans, and campus. Several analysts have reported that Bandy has a good chance of starting his freshman year. And almost as important to Bandy, he will be wearing #2 for the team, the same number as Deon Bush.

“I’m just happy to be a part of the program now. I can’t wait to get out there and play and I’m definitely excited to play for the Canes,” said Bandy.

The Miami Hurricanes will be back in action for another season starting September 2nd with #2 making tackles representing himself and the Explorer family.

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