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February 7, 2013

Timberwolves’ Evans is living the dream

NORMAN — Last national signing day when thousands of student-athletes across the country signed letters of intent to play collegiate athletics, Jordan Evans wasn’t involved. The Norman North senior was sitting in class, nurturing a dream of one day earning the opportunity to do the same.

“It was just a dream then,” he said.

Wednesday, a dream came true for Evans and his family.

Seated next to his family and in front of a crowd of hundreds at Norman North, the All-State linebacker signed with Oklahoma, following in the footsteps of his father, Scott, who earned three straight All-Big Eight honors from 1988-90.

While Evans is ecstatic to play his college football a few miles down the road from where he blossomed into a star, his road to OU wasn’t always so clear. He didn’t grow up a football prodigy. In fact, he entered high school more focused on basketball. It wasn’t until a breakout junior season under first-year coach Wade Standley that Evans considered top-level college football a possibility. Playing for Bob Stoops barely crossed his mind.

“If you told me a year ago I’d be signing with OU, I would have questioned that,” he said. “It was a dream, but it was a dream I was willing to reach. I was willing to work as hard as I could to get that. It feels good. I have a big smile on my face right now.”

OU came into the mix late last season, well into North’s run to the Class 6A state title game that Evans keyed.

Evans was already mulling offers from New Mexico, Ohio and Colorado State, but after Sooner linebackers coach Tim Kish offered him a scholarship in November, he began seriously considering the Sooners.

A day later, Evans was on hand for OU’s wild overtime Bedlam victory over Oklahoma State. The experience cemented his decision. Soon after, he committed to OU.

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