Lawrence Evitt is trying to remain positive.
The Wagoner running back who rushed for 2,980 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior to earn a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State team was skyrocketing up recruiting lists, but that has changed.
Evitt, at 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, has yet to receive an official offer, causing him to fall on The Oklahoman's 2014 Super 30 list to No. 30 after opening at No. 7.
“A little bit, but not so much,” Evitt said about his frustration level. “I think about it a lot, but I play the game to get my mind right.”
Considered by some to be undersized, Evitt also has another issue keeping colleges at bay: his academics.
He is working on getting his ACT score up in hopes of receiving that first offer, which both he and Wagoner coach Dale Condict said would come from multiple schools as soon as Evitt meets NCAA standards.
And once that happens, Condict feels like the size issue will be overlooked.
“He's probably not any smaller than some of the guys you're watching in college football every Saturday lighting it up,” he said. “I don't coach college football, so I don't know how much. For some people it's an issue, but you see guys his size every year do well.
“It's not an issue in high school football. He's a physical kid that holds up fine.”
Even with all of the issues, Evitt is simply too good to be ignored.
Condict compares Evitt's speed to former Wagoner standout and current Oklahoma State defensive back Kevin Peterson. Evitt was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.28 on the same handheld watch with which Peterson was clocked at 4.38.
That is why Condict believes Evitt will be successful at any level.
“He's the most explosive offensive player I've ever coached,” Condict said. “I've coached some good ones, but this one, as far as quickness, agility, speed, the combination of all of those things; he's really special.”
Rivals has Evitt rated as a two-star prospect but also lists interest from eight different schools. He also said schools like Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State and Pittsburg State have shown interest.
But getting there is going to take some work.
He is going to Tulsa's camp in July and also planning on attending some Rivals camps, but he's also working to get his test score up.
“Whenever I do get (qualified), I do feel like I'll be able to play at the next level,” Evitt said. “That's my dream and everybody wants to live their dream.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
No. 30: Lawrence Evitt
Position: Running back
Recruited by: Central Oklahoma, Houston, Indiana, New Mexico, Northeastern State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pittsburg State, Texas Tech, Tulsa.