Wednesday, February 27, 2013
OKPreps 14 for '14: RB Lawrence Evitt
By Bob Przybylo
Is the Class of 2014 crop of in-state talent the best Oklahoma has seen since 2006? With six recruits in the ESPN Watch List, it’s shaping up to be a busy recruiting year in the Sooner State. For the next three weeks, SoonerNation is going to profile the OKPreps’ 14 for ’14: a look at some of the top names and where they stand with OU.
RB Lawrence Evitt (Wagoner, Okla./Wagoner, 5-8, 168) 2012 stats: 273 carries for 2,980 yards with 35 touchdowns, 10.9 yards per rush. 11 receptions for 204 yards, 4 touchdowns.
Class of 2014 tailback Lawrence Evitt burst on the scene last season.
Every year there is always at least a couple of prospects that emerge who had no attention heading into the season. Evitt certainly fits the bill from 2012.
Even Evitt will tell you he had no idea a near 3,000-yard season was in the cards for him in 2012.
He admittedly grew up an Oklahoma State fan, but it was OU running backs coach Cale Gundy who first took notice of Evitt back in October.
He wanted to wear the orange and black. But after an unofficial visit to OU for the Notre Dame game, the thought of wearing crimson and cream is now quite appealing.
“It definitely let me know how great things are possible,” Evitt said. “I never thought I would be talking to college coaches and definitely not from coaches at OU.”
Despite the gaudy numbers, Evitt’s recruitment hasn’t exploded. OSU still hasn’t talked to him and both of its junior days are in the books. The only school to really start pursuing Evitt has been Tulsa. He was invited to Tulsa’s junior day but said he couldn’t make it that weekend.
Running back is a tough position to crack in OU recruiting. Because of the Sooners' success and the success of Gundy getting top backs to OU, this is never a position where OU is lacking.
That doesn’t look like it will change in 2014 with OU already having its targets set on several top backs such as Nathan Starks (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman), Samaje Perine (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson), Kevin Shorter (Newton, Texas/Newton) and Justin Stockton (Cibolo, Texas/Steele, Texas Tech commit).
But that doesn’t mean Gundy has forgotten about Evitt, who is busy this spring with track and working on getting even faster than already is.
“Coach [Dale] Condict said Coach Gundy was wondering about my weight a couple of weeks ago,” Evitt said. “I would say right now I’m at like 168. I’m just taking everything in stride and focusing on what I can control.”
Evitt will deal with recruiting later, he said. Right now he has one clear focus and that is on getting Wagoner back to the top of the mountain. A couple of lost fumbles in a playoff loss have given Evitt even more motivation heading into his senior season.
“It’s all about that gold ball,” Evitt said. “I’m working every day just thinking about that. We were close last year. We’re not going to be denied next year.”