It didn’t matter how late the offer came. It didn’t matter if part of him wanted to explore what Stanford had to offer. He has OU in his blood. The offer came in mid-June, and the commitment followed July 2.
What nobody knew at the time was that it would only take a mere eight more days to have another Evans in the fold as 2015 prospect Bobby Evans committed to the Sooners.
Safe to say, the month of July belonged to the Evans family when it comes to OU. And it might have gotten some OU fans off the backs of linebackers coach Tim Kish.
The addition of Tay Evans, as long as he ends signing with OU, marks the first true linebacker Kish will have been able to secure for the Sooners. OU’s two linebackers for the Class of 2013, Jordan Evans and Dominique Alexander, weren’t natural linebackers during their time in high school.
Tay Evans should change that. There was a lot of doubt to the offer after Kish visited Evans during the spring evaluation period and didn’t offer. Even Tay Evans has admitted he thought the door had shut between him and the Sooners.
But once Kish saw what he needed to see and knew Evans’ shoulder injury wasn’t a huge concern, he went in full speed ahead for Evans.
What we didn’t know was that offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh was doing the same thing for Bobby Evans, Tay’s younger brother. Originally classified as a tight end, the way Bobby has grown makes him more of an offensive tackle target than anything else.
Bobby Evans said he is now 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds. Both have OU in their genes as their father, Bobby Sr., played basketball for the Sooners.
The rest of the month was more about setting the stage. Gulfport (MS) Harrison Central three-star OU cornerback commit Tito Windham has set his official visit for Sept. 6, the weekend of OU’s game against West Virginia.
And the big one was announced two weeks ago as Oakley (CA) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon announced he will visit OU on Oct. 4. The Sooners have arguably their most attractive home of the season that weekend against TCU.
While those are two notable visits, two notable decisions will take place in the next couple of weeks. Dallas (TX) Skyline four-star offensive tackle Ty Barrett is going to make his announcement Saturday with OU one of his finalists. He has visited OU multiple times and has developed a strong rapport with Bedenbaugh and tight ends coach Jay Boulware.
Two weeks later, Houston (TX) Summer Creek three-star linebacker Dakota Allen is set to decide Aug. 16. Once again, the Sooners have made the final four.
July might not have been the most explosive month in terms of commits, but it is helping getting the wheels in motion for the fall.
OU currently has 11 overall commits for its Class of 2014 and two for its 2015 group.