Everett couldn't work because he was fully focused on grades and football, so in costly California, he took out a loan and lived in a three-bedroom house.
That might sound comfortable until you consider Everett's 13 roommates. He slept on an air mattress in the living room.
But all the while, he remained fully dedicated and focused on his goal of another football scholarship, and big schools started taking notice. He signed with Oklahoma in December 2011 and enrolled for the spring semester.
Playing time for the junior-college transfer didn't come like he'd hoped. He appeared sparingly in 11 games last season, recording just six tackles. Everett stayed positive, though, especially considering all he'd been through.
At least he had a scholarship and a bedroom in Norman.
“I can't be one of those guys who isn't fully engaged and bring everyone else down,” Everett said of his first year at OU. “I stayed positive. Of course, it was stressful. It got to me a little bit.”
Even so, Everett graduated last summer and is working on a master's degree in health care administration, with an eye on a medical consulting career.
“I know that's an experienced job, so I'll probably have to work from the bottom up,” said Everett, who knows all about that.
For now, though, he's working toward even more playing time in big moments. He said throughout winter workouts, spring practices and summer drills, he doubled his efforts because he knew this would be his last shot at big-time college football glory.
“Every rep that I do get is something I fight for,” Everett said. “Nothing is given to me, so every time you see me on that field, that's definitely a rep well earned.”