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Five from Friday: Keep an eye on Evans

8/26/2012

Five things I learned from watching an eight-team scrimmage at Tulsa (Okla.) Union on Friday night (with a hat tip to DawgNation's Kipp Adams for the idea).

1. It certainly appears Oklahoma commit Dalton Rodriguez (Tulsa, Okla./Union) is going to stay at defensive end for his senior season. Rodriguez has been recruited by OU offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle and originally looked like he was a tackle commit. He could still end up being an offensive tackle at the next level, but his body type seems more suited for defensive end. Rodriguez, a three-star prospect, didn’t take a snap at offensive tackle the entire night.

2. Bentonville, Ark., is not hurting at running back. Senior Tearris Wallace has offers from Memphis and Air Force and strong interest from Tennessee and Vanderbilt. But on this night, sophomore Dylan Smith scored two touchdowns in the 17-15 scrimmage win against Tulsa Union. Smith, who is 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, looked comfortable on the big stage. Wallace suffered a minor hamstring injury during the scrimmage, which is why Smith got the call. Had it been a regular-season game, Wallace said he would have kept playing.

3. An in-state prospect for Oklahoma fans to watch is linebacker Jordan Evans (Norman, Okla./North). Evans has put on 30 pounds since the end of last season and is now 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. He was all over the field. He registered a couple of sacks, some pass deflections and showed his versatility, playing both defensive end and linebacker without missing a beat. He has some lower-level offers but his stock should increase this fall.

4. An under-the-radar prospect is 2014 wide receiver Jaelon Walker (Moore, Okla./Southmoore). He’s in his first year as a slot receiver, and he dominated during Southmoore’s 34-14 scrimmage win against Bartlesville, Okla. He had three touchdowns and was a threat running and catching the ball. A little small at 5-8 and 170 pounds, Walker said he is still growing into his body and getting comfortable at the position.

5. It was a good summer for 2014 defensive end Tramal Ivy (Muskogee, Okla./Muskogee) and the fall hasn’t started too badly. On tap to be one of the state’s top prospects for his class, Ivy didn’t disappoint. He showed great explosiveness and discipline at defensive end. But a defensive end wearing No. 20? “I’m just trying to do my own thing. There’s no real reason for it. They say I’m a victim of low-number syndrome,” Ivy said. Ivy had worn No. 19 in the past.