Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Jordan Evans can't wait, commits to OU
By Bob Przybylo
Norman (Okla.) North linebacker Jordan Evans really meant it. He wasn’t just blowing smoke. He wanted to wait until after Friday’s Oklahoma Class 6A state championship game before making a decision on his recruitment.
But he couldn’t wait. The anticipation of being a future Oklahoma Sooner was too much and Evans confirmed late Tuesday night he is the newest commit for OU’s 2013 class.
In-state linebacker Jordan Evans wasted little time in committing to the Sooners.
Evans, who is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, wasn’t on OU’s radar at this time last year. He didn’t register in the spring, either. But an impressive summer camp performance combined with an incredible senior season made the OU coaches take notice of Evans.
He has attended every OU home game this season as an unofficial visitor. And every time he went he would casually talk with linebackers coach Tim Kish. Until Saturday.
Evans, on hand for Bedlam against Oklahoma State, was offered by OU coach Bob Stoops before the game.
Evans said Sunday he wanted to stay patient and just focus on his final game of the season. But it stayed on his mind. And Monday and Tuesday he began calling coaches from Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado State, among others, to let them know he was committing to Oklahoma.
“It was all I kept thinking about,” Evans said. “I didn’t want it to be a distraction, but I knew [Monday] that my mind was made up. I talked to my family, and I was ready.”
Evans called Kish tonight and Kish got Evans in touch with Bob Stoops. Both OU coaches were thrilled to know Evans is coming onboard. He isn’t the first Evans to say he wants to play for OU.
Evans’ father, Scott, was an offensive lineman for the Sooners in the late 1980s. Evans said his father was proud, but his mother couldn’t calm down.
“She was jumping up and down. She’s so excited,” Evans said. “She only has to go 10 minutes to see her baby play. Distance didn’t mean anything to me, but it does take a load off my shoulders to have this done.”
Evans has played multiple positions at Norman North, and he can play multiple spots at OU. Evans said the coaches told him one of the reasons they were hesitant to offer him was because they couldn’t find a particular spot for him.
Is he a linebacker? Safety? Defensive end?
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“They don’t know,” Evans said. “They said they can see me play at all three. They said they watched some of my senior film and just see how good of an athlete I am.”
Evans is OU’s 14th commit for the class and the second in as many days. Junior college punter Jed Barnett (Oakland, Calif./Laney CC) committed to OU on Monday night.
Evans is also the sixth in-state commit for the 2013 class. Initially not looked at as a strong class, several Oklahoma high school prospects have delivered massive senior seasons to get looks from schools and respect from peers.
“He can change a game all by himself,” said Broken Arrow junior quarterback Coleman Key. “He plays everywhere on offense and defense. He’s so quick, so powerful. He deserved the OU offer.”
Norman North upset Broken Arrow 24-16 in the state quarterfinals two weeks ago. Norman North is playing for its first state championship in school history Friday against perennial powerhouse Jenks.