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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
What position will Jordan Evans play?

By Brandon Chatmon

It seemed like a matter of time before Jordan Evans (Norman, Okla./North) committed to Oklahoma. The in-state prospect chose the Sooners on Tuesday night over Air Force, Colorado State, Ohio and others.

Now the overriding question is simple. What position will Evans play?

Sooners linebacker coach Tim Kish has been recruiting Evans but the Oklahoma native could end up being a better fit at defensive end. Regardless, Evans has proven during his senior season that he has the physical talent and playmaking ability to make an impact on defense at OU.

At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Evans has a frame that could end up at linebacker or even defensive end with added bulk. His athleticism is unique for his size -- he has returned multiple kicks for touchdowns this season -- and he’s a local kid who should fully understand and appreciate what it means to be a Sooner. Even though he wasn’t highly pursued by other elite programs, Evans could be a diamond in the rough.

As far as the Sooners class, Evans might signal the end to its linebacker class joining Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit) and Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) as projected linebacker prospects who have committed to OU.

But with Evans and Alexander, a potential defensive back, boasting the versatility to end up at multiple different positions on OU’s defense, the Sooners could continue to pursue linebackers for their 2013 class.

So while Evans commitment may appear to complete OU’s linebacker class for this recruiting cycle, don’t be surprised if the Sooners pursuit of linebackers does not come to an end.