Norman North linebacker Jordan Evans insisted that he wouldn’t go to Oklahoma just because his dad had starred there.
He wanted to be sure the Sooners fit his criteria for a college, which included the community and the football team.
Tuesday night, Evans decided there was no need to wait any longer and committed to Oklahoma.
“The offer came in unexpected and I really thought about it, talked to my family and decided to commit to the University of Oklahoma,” Evans said.
Evans is the son of former Sooners defensive line standout Scott Evans.
It was Evans’ mom, Tenika, though, who was most excited when he chose to stay close to home.
“When I told her, she kind of did her little track run around the house,” Evans said. “My dad was excited too, just not in the same way. They were both going to support whatever decision I made though.”
Evans’ commitment was first reported by OUInsider.com.
Evans (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) is the Sooners’ 14th commitment for the 2013 class and the sixth in-state commitment. Every in-state player Oklahoma has offered in the class has committed to the Sooners.
Evans and the Timberwolves will play Jenks at 7:30 p.m. Friday for the Class 6A title.
“It feels good to get it off my chest,” Evans said. “Now I can be more focused on the T-Wolves and the job we have to do.”
No player in the state has seen his stock rise this season the way Evans’ has. He was No. 23 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top recruits before the season, but figured to rise into the top 10 in the next ranking even before receiving the offer from the Sooners on Saturday after the Bedlam win against Oklahoma State.
Evans had offers before the season from schools including Navy, New Mexico and Ohio but added offers from Air Force, Arkansas State, Colorado State and UNLV, among others, before the Sooners offered.
Evans first called Sooners linebackers coach Tim Kish to tell him the news, and Kish handed the phone to Sooners coach Bob Stoops.
“They were both really excited to hear it,” Evans said.
While Evans will likely play linebacker at OU, he said Sooners coaches have also said they could see him spending time at either safety or defensive end. In last Saturday’s win over Owasso that sent the Timberwolves to the Class 6A title game, Evans returned a kick for a touchdown and had a sack on the game’s final play to seal the win.
Evans has scored a special teams touchdown in each of the Timberwolves’ three playoff games.
He becomes the second linebacker commitment for the Sooners, joining Dallas Jesuit’s Jordan Mastrogiovanni.
A day earlier, the Sooners got a commitment from junior college punter Jed Barnett.
Evans’ commitment is nonbinding. He cannot sign until Feb. 6.