It sure felt like linebacker Jordan Evans was just an afterthought at Oklahoma’s camp a year ago. OU appreciated him coming out for the event, but the Sooners' coaching staff was looking elsewhere.
But all Evans did was make one big play after another in his senior season, earning an OU offer during Bedlam weekend. Once the offer was made, it was a countdown to his commitment.
Less than 72 hours after being offered, Evans was committed and is set to follow in his father’s footsteps while blazing his own trail. His father, Scott, was a defensive tackle for OU from 1987-1990.
Before his arrival on campus, Evans talked to SoonerNation.
SoonerNation: What jersey are you going to be wearing at OU?
Jordan Evans: I do not know right now. I want No. 6, but I might be No. 26. I’ll find out later.
SN: Who is your roommate going to be?
Evans: Obo [DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo]. I’ve become really close to the guys in Houston. We were all on our visit together and have developed a strong bond.
SN: What have the OU coaches said your potential role could be in the fall?
Evans: They don’t have a specific role for me right now. They’ve just told me to come in and compete. Go as hard as I possibly can.
SN: There has been some talk about moving to defensive end. Has that been brought up?
Evans: No, I’m a linebacker.
SN: With that said, what did the OU coaches want you to work on before getting to campus?
Evans: They wanted me to get my weight up. I’m about 220 right now. I ran track in the spring but kept lifting. I feel really good right now.
SN: Craziest week of your life, right? Win the state semifinal game Friday, offered by OU on Saturday and getting ready to play in first ever state championship game in Norman North history?
Evans: That really was a crazy time. They offered. I took a few days. A lot of thoughts were going through my head. It almost seemed unreal. Going to state, going to the OU game and committing. I never would have thought that possible.
SN: Who are some of the players you have been talking to the most?
SN: What do you want your legacy to be when you leave OU?
Evans: I hope it’s for being a stud, on and off the field. That I was somebody who did everything he was supposed to do.
SN: Now that the process is over with, what sort of insight did your father give you about everything? How happy is he that you’re going to be a Sooner, too?
Evans: Throughout the process, he was giving me tips. But now it all starts over again. It’s time to restart. I’ve got to do this and do that. Listen and work hard. Now’s the time for me to make my own footsteps. I love my father, but I have to become my own man.