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Wednesday’s signing was not just an end, but also a beginning for Evans; the first chapter in a story he will write over the next four or five years.
Memories of Ryan Broyles, another hometown product who became a Sooner, remain fresh for the Sooner Nation. Evans, known well for his five senior season kick returns for touchdowns and who, like Broyles, was not heavily nationally recruited, is sure to draw comparisons.
Fresh, too, are the memories of Texas A&M thrashing OU at the Cotton Bowl, where Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel embarrassed the Sooner defense. The loss left a sour taste in the mouths of Sooner fans, who hope Evans can play a major part in revitalizing that defense.
Even if it’s not clear where he might play. Evans is presumed a linebacker, but in comments made Wednesday, it’s clear Stoops is open to finding different ways to utilize his talents.
“He’s got the speed, the quickness and agility to play linebacker,” he said. “He’s got the size that you’re unsure where he’s going to end up growing to, and that’s good. Everybody likes him and where he ends up growing to, good. He’s just a great athlete.”
Standley was so impressed by Evans’ versatility, he used him as a quarterback in the Wildcat formation. North’s football coach believes it’s Evans’ work ethic that sets him apart.
“Jordan is such a great athlete and competitor, and his skills will translate well to college,” Standley said. “I’m excited for what the future holds for him.”
Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 210 pounds, Evans has the build to develop into an intimidating defensive presence. He’s focused on improving his speed and adding 15 to 20 pounds so he can fill that role for OU.