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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Okla. RB Lawrence Evitt no longer a secret

By Bob Przybylo

Wagoner (Okla.) High running back Lawrence Evitt came out of nowhere to have one of the best seasons in the state as a junior. He rushed for 2,980 yards and 35 touchdowns, while averaging 10.9 yards per rush last season.

But until recently that hadn’t parlayed into much recruiting attention. That’s all starting to change for the explosive 5-foot-8, 167-pound Evitt.

Lawrence Evitt
Diminutive tailback Lawrence Evitt is starting to receive interest from other schools, but he knows he has to get his grades and test scores up.
Evitt grew up an Oklahoma State fan, but it has been Bedlam rival Oklahoma that has shown the most interest. Evitt attended OU’s game with Notre Dame last season that made him do a complete 180-degree turn with the Sooners.

Things are even better for Evitt and OU following his visit to campus for the spring game last weekend.

“I went into the locker room and got to talk to a lot of people,” Evitt said. “Everybody was showing a lot of love. It’s like one big family there. It’s a community that takes care of you and makes me feel welcome.”

Evitt knows the rest is up to him. Evitt said OU running backs coach Cale Gundy told him he needs to work on his grades and his ACT score and then things can get serious. Evitt also said Gundy mentioned visiting Evitt for spring practice next month.

The academic side of things is something Evitt is taking real seriously. Wagoner High coach Dale Condict said he has been impressed with how the light bulb has come on for Evitt when dealing with his grades in the last year.

Evitt said he needs an 18 on the ACT to start getting real interest from top schools. He took the test earlier this month and is hoping to have some good news soon.

The other knock on Evitt has been his size. Nobody doubts what he can do in the open field and how he’s a highlight waiting to happen. But he knows he needs to put on some weight, which is a challenge.

“In the winter I was close to 175 pounds,” Evitt said. “But because of track, now I’m back to like 169. Coach Gundy was just saying to keep eating and working out and got that weight up.”

OU was the first college Evitt has seen in person, and it has made an indelible impression. But the Sooners aren’t the only school starting to recruit Evitt.

He said Oregon, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Nebraska and Tulsa are also starting to send him letters and messages.

“Tulsa really likes me,” Evitt said. “They said once I get that ACT score, I’ll have an offer. I’m trying all I can to work on my grades because I know that comes first.”

Once the grades come, everything else should fall into place for Evitt in no time.