- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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Oklahoma fans can relax a little bit. There is no doubt linebacker recruiting has been a sore spot for the Sooners, but OU is on the board for the Class of 2014.
Three-star outside linebacker Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) confirmed he has committed to OU while on an unofficial visit to campus Tuesday.
Evans picked the Sooners over offers from Stanford, Boise State and Kansas State, among others.
Evans, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, visited OU in March for junior day and was hoping to get the offer at that time. It didn’t happen.
OU linebackers coach Tim Kish visited Allen High during the spring evaluation period, and everybody thought the offer would happen. It didn’t.
Evans admitted afterward that he wasn’t sure the offer was ever going to come. Instead of dwelling on it, Evans said he was going to move on and focus only on what he could control.
But following OU’s camps, more offers were doled out. Evans was among the first to be notified of some good news. Evans said before the offer, he was contemplating a commitment to Stanford. The OU offer, however, was a game-changer.
He had thoughts about committing on the spot but said he wanted to visit the campus one more time and then make the call. Tuesday was that occasion.
Evans is the son of former OU basketball player Bobby Joe Evans, and Tay Evans has not been shy to say how much he loves the Sooners.
Once the Sooners reciprocated the love, it was only a matter of time. OU had some concerns about his health as Evans had shoulder surgery following the season. The OU coaches eventually agreed they were satisfied with Evans’ progress and made sure to let him know how big of a priority he is.
Evans is OU’s 11th commit for the class and the first linebacker. He is the No. 38 outside linebacker in the nation.
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