Two years ago at this point there was a junior running back who had burst onto the Oklahoma high school football scene but nobody had heard of. A year later, Jenks running back Alex Ross was committed to Oklahoma and is now a freshman for the Sooners.
This season’s diamond in the rough resides in Wagoner, Okla., with running back Lawrence Evitt.
Evitt, who is 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, rushed for more than 700 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. He saw limited playing time because of Kevin Peterson, who is now a freshman defensive back at Oklahoma State.
But this season has been Evitt’s time to shine. Through six games, he has rushed for 1,225 yards on a mere 91 carries with 15 touchdowns. He is averaging 13.5 yards per carry.
SoonerNation: The numbers don’t lie. More than 13 yards per carry. What has been the biggest difference for you this season?
Lawrence Evitt: I’ve just been playing hard and having a lot of fun. After the first game where we lost to Coweta, I felt like it was time to put the team on my back. I didn’t think it would be this easy, but I have my coaches and linemen to thank.
SN: What would you say is your biggest strength?
Evitt: My speed, definitely my speed. I can run people over, but I’d rather just make them miss. I’m a lot more focused this season and able to see the holes better.
SN: Playing behind Peterson had to help. How big of an influence has Peterson been on you?
Evitt: He has been a big influence on me. I was actually hanging out with him this weekend because it was OSU’s bye week. All he told me was to keep focused on my grades first and then everything will fall into place.
SN: Coach Dale Condict said he is excited about what is going to happen once he gets your film out there. What schools do you like?
Evitt: I really like Oklahoma State. I don’t have a problem with OU, but I’m an OSU boy first. I’ve never seen an OU home game in person so that would be pretty cool.
SN: What schools are looking at you right now?
Evitt: Not too many, but I know I can’t worry about that. I have to take care of my grades first. Nebraska is starting to send me a lot of letters.
SN: You’re talking about your grades coming first. Where do you stand right now academically?
Evitt: Things are a lot different this school year. Last year I was sort of afraid to ask for help. I didn’t want anybody to know I needed it. This year I’m asking the teachers for help and everything is going well. I know I have to take care of school first before football.