OU football recruiting: Desire to become a Sooner started early for Tay Evans

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2014

There wasn't any question where Tay Evans wanted to go to college.

The question was, which sport would Evans play.

Evans' father, Bobby Joe, played basketball for the Sooners in the mid-90s.

“When I was little, I always dreamed of following in his footsteps,” Evans said. “I always thought I was going to be a basketball player but getting older, I was better at football and liked it.”

Evans, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound linebacker from Allen, Texas, also had offers from Arizona State, Kansas State, Oregon State and Stanford among others.

Bobby Joe never pushed his son toward OU but was thrilled he made that choice on his own.

“He never pressured us,” Tay said. “But when I told him I wanted to go to OU, he was really excited about it.”

Us?

About a week after Tay committed to the Sooners in July, his younger brother Bobby committed to OU as well.

Bobby is an offensive lineman in the 2015 class.

Even though Tay grew up thinking of going to Oklahoma, it was a bit overwhelming when things started falling into place.

“When OU started noticing me, I just kept thinking, ‘This is crazy,'” he said. “This could really happen. It was unbelievable.

“Getting recruited by OU was a blessing.”

Oklahoma's linebacker play this season, and the way they were used, gave Tay more reason to be excited about the Sooners.

He especially enjoyed watching Eric Striker's role as an edge rusher develop.

“That's what I like to do,” Tay said. “I like to come off the edge and get after the quarterback.”

Evans said Sooners coaches have told him he has the versatility to fit into Striker's role or be a more traditional linebacker like Corey Nelson.



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