Norman (Okla.) North linebacker Jordan Evans went to his first Oklahoma home game as an invited recruit last Thanksgiving for OU’s victory against Iowa State.
A year later there is no longer a passing interest in Evans. He is now one of OU’s top defensive targets as he was officially offered by OU coach Bob Stoops on Saturday before OU’s 51-48 overtime victory against Bedlam rival Oklahoma State.
Evans, who is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, has put up monster numbers in his senior season, but the offer from his hometown school still had eluded him. He has received offers from Colorado State, Air Force and Ohio, among others, but not one from the Sooners.
Despite that fact, Evans has made an unofficial visit to OU for every Sooners home game and was in Dallas for OU’s dominating 63-21 victory against Texas last month.
Evans made one more unofficial visit to OU this weekend, but it wasn’t the same as it had been in the past.
“I was there, and I was told coach Tim Kish wanted to talk with me,” Evans said. “I was talking with him when Coach [Bob] Stoops comes up and congratulates me on the win Friday and then congratulates me saying I have a scholarship offer to Oklahoma.
“I was like, 'Did I hear him right?' I couldn’t believe it. It has just been a rollercoaster weekend.”
Evans said he is excited about the offer but never considered committing to the Sooners. At least not this weekend.
Few expected Norman North to still be playing at this point in the season. But led by Evans, Norman North will play for the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship against Jenks, Okla., 7:30 p.m. CT Friday at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium.
“I’m going to wait for the season to be over and then start looking at things more and more,” Evans said. “I haven’t made any official visits yet, and I want to narrow it down to my five. But I honestly don’t know who those five schools are.”
“I don’t want to choose a school based on the name.”
Evans has been dominant as a linebacker but has shown his versatility throughout this season for Norman North. He has returned either a punt or kickoff for a touchdown in all three playoff victories and has seven sacks in the three wins.
“Words cannot describe what I’m feeling right now,” Evans said. “We’re playing for the championship and that’s all that matters. Once I’m done with that, I’ll look more at recruiting. Right now, it’s all about the Timberwolves.”