Oklahoma Sooners: Christian Sam

All in the Evans family for Sooners 

July, 12, 2013
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For every recruit, there is a moment of realization when he finally figure out what school he wants to attend and play college football.

It can happen at a camp or an unofficial visit. Or if you’re Allen (Texas) High linebacker Tay Evans, it can happen when you’re young.

Evans, a three-star outside linebacker, said he knew Oklahoma was the place for him the first time he watched the Sooners play on television.

Sooners get another Evans pledge

July, 10, 2013
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One Evans is nice. Two are even better. Class of 2014 three-star linebacker Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) committed to Oklahoma last week on an unofficial visit. His younger brother did the same Wednesday.

Bobby Evans, a Class of 2015 tight end, pledged to the Sooners while both brothers were on an unofficial visit to campus.

Tay Evans couldn’t contain his excitement, letting the world know on Twitter his younger brother is going to follow him to Norman. Bobby later confirmed to SoonerNation the tweet was accurate.

Bobby Evans, who is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, was also hearing from Baylor and attended Texas’ junior day in the winter.

Bobby Evans is the second commit for OU’s 2015 class, joining offensive guard Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady), who pledged two weeks ago.

It’s only natural for the Evans brothers to end up as Sooners. Their father, Bobby Sr., played basketball for OU. And though the initial interest wasn’t as strong by the Sooners for either one of them compared to some other schools, it became clear that OU was the school to beat when it did start to show interest.

The Sooners' raid of Allen High might not be done, either, as OU still has its targets set on three-star linebacker Christian Sam.
There are some positions where Oklahoma doesn’t need any help with in its Class of 2014. But then there are others where OU’s targets should be dead-set on trying to improve.

Here are the top five positions of need for OU’s recruiting for the 2014 crop:


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NORMAN, Okla. -- On the last Tuesday of every month, SoonerNation is going to examine Oklahoma's defensive recruiting situation by taking a look at the Sooners' commits and targets.

Here is an idea of where OU stands for the Class of 2014 heading into July. View the Sooners' full commitment list.

The number in parentheses after every position indicates the number of recruits we project OU to sign at the position.

Defensive End (2)

Committed: None


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ESPN 300 targets: Oklahoma 

June, 18, 2013
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Oklahoma isn’t even halfway done with its Class of 2014, but its nine commits have the Sooners off to a solid start.

Here is a look at 10 of OU’s biggest and most realistic targets as we hit the summer, ranked from most likely to least likely to commit to the Sooners:


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LB Tay Evans earns Sooners offer 

June, 11, 2013
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Allen (Texas) linebacker Tay Evans had just about given hope of following in his father’s footsteps and playing at Oklahoma.

His father, Bobby Joe Evans, played basketball for the Sooners. Tay Evans hasn’t been shy about saying how much he wants to play for OU. The Sooners had shown interest but not offered.


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Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Oklahoma's summer camp is this weekend and we have an updated list of visitors.
  • The Sooners are in a good spot with an East Texas defensive tackle.
  • An update on a California quarterback who will be in Norman this weekend.
  • OU is on the same page with a Dallas offensive tackle.
  • A possible 2014 offer is excited to visit the Sooners again.
  • Is a North Texas linebacker moving on from the Sooners?
  • Interest in a DE/OLB from Adrian Peterson's old high school is heating up.
  • OU appears to have parted ways with an in-state target.

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.


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Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Why OU isn't out of the picture for a four-star Houston safety.
  • An OU linebacker target who visited for junior day is taking his time and will visit other schools.
  • What the Sooners' newest commit brings to OU's future defense.
  • An in-state tight end is dedicated to becoming great. Will the Sooners offer?
  • Keep an eye on a 2015 in-state defensive back who is working out with elite DBs.
  • More on what went wrong with OU's basketball decommitment.

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.


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Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • OU coaches stopped by to see a top Texas defensive target and will visit again soon.
  • The Sooners made two offers in East Texas last week.
  • OU isn't done with its 2013 class.
  • OU will likely get an official visit from a recent tight end offer.
  • East Texas wideout is still high on the Sooners.
  • A recent cornerback offer thought about committing to OU.
  • A Texas interior offensive lineman is on the Sooners' radar.
  • More with the kicker the Sooners just offered.

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.


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LBs a necessity for Sooners for 2014 

April, 30, 2013
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NORMAN, Okla. -- If there’s a sore spot for Oklahoma recruiting right now, it’s at linebacker. Last year featured a lot of ups and downs for linebackers coach Tim Kish, who seemingly had some difficulties adjusting from recruiting for Arizona to recruiting for the Sooners.

OU missed out on several top prospects and ended up looking within the state for its two signees in Dominique Alexander and Jordan Evans, both three-star prospects.

Kish has his feet under him for year No. 2. But the results are not there yet. Three top targets in the Midlands area have already pledged to rival schools.


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Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Why judgment day looms for the Sooners' top target.
  • A Florida receiver is excited about visiting the Sooners this weekend.
  • An OU signee talks about his first trip to Norman.
  • One of the Sooners' top offensive line targets is making a return trip this spring.
  • Is OU back in the picture for in-state DE Clark?
  • An Ohio target has built a solid relationship with the OU staff.
  • Could another running back be in play for the Sooners?
  • A 2015 tight end committed to another school wants to visit OU again.
  • A 2015 lineman talks about recently adding a Sooners offer.

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.


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NORMAN, Okla. -- So far, Oklahoma has been more active on the recruiting trail for the 2014 class than it was last year. Offers have gone out sooner and more unofficial visits have taken place.

But the results? They’re not there yet. Heading into this weekend’s spring game, the Sooners have two commits in ESPN Watch List running back Samaje Perine (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) and strong safety Vontre McQuinnie (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster).

Contrast that with recruiting rivals Texas and Texas A&M. The Longhorns have picked up five 2014 commits in the last two weeks and have 14 total. The Aggies have 10 for the class and could get more with their spring game on Saturday.


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Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • A top target in Texas is visiting Oklahoma for the second time this spring.
  • OU offered a Florida linebacker who hasn't heard much from the Sooners -- but he's interested.
  • More on the Sooners targeting an east Texas high school.
  • An in-state wideout is blowing up this spring.
  • Could the Sooners offer the brother of a current player?
  • An in-state tight end is working out with a former Sooner, trying to improve his footwork.
  • Could the Sooners find a hidden gem in Norman?

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.


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Q&A: Coach of 2014 LB Christian Sam 

March, 28, 2013
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Allen (Texas) linebacker/safety prospect Christian Sam has played multiple positions during his first three seasons of high school football. That type of versatility is one reason Oklahoma has offered the 6-foot-1, 200 pound prospect. Allen head coach Tom Westerberg chatted with SoonerNation about Sam's strengths, areas of improvement and versatility.


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2014 LB Tay Evans gets taste of OU 

March, 11, 2013
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Allen (Texas) High linebacker Tay Evans had heard all the stories about Oklahoma. His father, Bobby, played basketball for the Sooners.

But Tay Evans had never really experienced the campus for himself until last weekend for OU’s junior day.


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