Norman (Okla.) North defensive end Jordan Evans has wanted to be a part of the Oklahoma family. Evans was an invited guest to every single OU home game this season.
He became just as familiar a face at Owen Field as some of the commits. But until last month his situation remained the same. OU was interested, but the offer wasn’t there.
That all changed in November when Evans, a three-star prospect who is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, was offered by OU coach Bob Stoops before the Sooners’ overtime win against Bedlam rival Oklahoma State.
Evans committed three days later and this weekend marked Evans’ official visit. It was his first trip to OU since being committed.
“It was really reassuring,” Evans said. “I felt like I was at home with the guys. They treated me like a brother. I was real comfortable.”
The comfort factor was emphasized by the laid back and fun atmosphere at OU all weekend for the team’s banquet. Evans, listed as a defensive end, is being recruited as a linebacker by the Sooners.
Evans was one of three linebacker commits on campus, as ESPN 300 prospect Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit) and three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) were also on their official visits.
But it wasn’t a linebacker that had everybody laughing. It was redshirt freshman running back Alex Ross.
“He just clowns on everybody,” Evans said. “He doesn’t care. The banquet was a great time. There was a blooper reel, and Alex is just relentless.”
Evans was hosted by freshman linebacker Eric Striker, and he said it was a great opportunity to get to know some of his future linebacker teammates.
Evans’ father, Scott, was an offensive lineman for the Sooners in the late 1980s. Scott never put any pressure on Jordan to follow in his footsteps, but Jordan is excited about getting the chance.
“It’s pretty cool,” Jordan said. “I’ve always wanted to play college football, and to be able to do it at the same school as my father is pretty special.”
Evans said he has taken a break from workouts the last couple of weeks but is ready to get back into the swing of things. Striker and other OU linebackers stressed to Evans to be in shape and ready to go in the summer.
The only thing Evans cannot do is prepare for what type of shape he needs to be put in.
“I’m going to put on whatever natural weight I can,” Evans said. “But after that, I don’t know. I have to know how much weight they want me to put on and where I’m going to play.
“I talked some to Coach [Tim] Kish about that. He said they still have me at linebacker unless something changes. I’ll be ready for whatever happens.”
Evans led Norman North to its first Oklahoma state championship game appearance in school history this season.