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High school football: Scott Evans' hard-work approach paying off for his son Jordan Evans

Jordan Evans' father, former OU and Edmond star Scott Evans, made young Jordan do hundreds of pushups a day before he let him play football. The early lessons are paying off for Jordan, now Norman North's defensive star at linebacker.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 14, 2012

Tenika Evans, Jordan's mother, sees the similarities in their personalities as well.

“Sometimes I tell him, ‘Scott, you need to use your name sometimes' but he's not like that,” Tenika said of her husband. “Jordan has picked up on that. A lot of people don't realize that Scott is Jordan's dad unless they've been around us.”

Of course, Tenika is right there as well as a big influence on her son.

“From a kid, she's taught me to be respectful and have manners,” Jordan said. “She's a nurturer. She always cares for me, loves me to death and is there for me. She's also very strong in her spirituality. I look up to her so much.

“I've just been truly blessed to have the parents I have.”

While many recruits list playing time, fit with coaches, facilities and campus life among their top criteria for choosing a college program, Jordan's priorities are a bit different.

He's juggling offers from Air Force, Arkansas State, Ohio and others with more figuring to join in the near future.

His family has laid out clear criteria to help Jordan decide. Church is at the top of the list.

Jordan said he can't feel comfortable playing in a place where he couldn't find a church home as inviting as Westside Church of Christ in Norman.

“That's the No. 1 factor,” Evans said. “I don't want to lose my soul to the game of football. I want to grow spiritually as I grow as a football player.”

That attitude, Scott and Tenika said, makes them more proud than the number of tackles or touchdowns he gets on Friday nights.

“We couldn't be happier with the young man he's becoming, athletics aside,” Scott said.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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