Dane Evans Calls OSU His Top Choice

Quarterback Dane Evans of Sander, Texas has been to Stillwater often, and made another trip to Oklahoma State a couple of weekends ago for the Cowboys spring game.

"I would say Oklahoma State is at the top of my list," said the 6-0, 196-pound Evans. "I call them once a week and talk with Coach (Kasey) Dunn or Coach (Todd) Monken.

"That is the school I would most like to play for. Then there is Utah and I call them once a week too. Then there is the Texas schools, and I've talked to OU a little bit but not in awhile. LSU is the only school out of region that I'm looking at other than Utah."

The Cowboys rate on top right now, and there are plenty of reasons for Oklahoma State's staff and other schools to like Evans, even though he may be shorter than most schools are looking for in a quarterback right now.

"Look at (New Orleans Saint quarterback) Drew Brees. He is one of the best quarterbacks out there and he is not even six foot," said Evans after explaining that a coach at the Elite 11 Camp in TCU came up and complimented his arm.

"He said, 'man, you have a cannon for your size and you are putting the ball all over the place.' My friends sometimes say I'm not that tall, but I'm taller than Drew Brees."

Brees wouldn't sneeze at Evan's number either. He is a winner that led Sanger into the playoffs as a junior by completing 203 of 303 passes for 67 percent and 3,420 yards. He tossed 37 touchdowns passes and just 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 110 yards and another touchdown. He earned All-District and Offensive MVP honors as well as Honorable Mention Associated Press All-State.

Evans said he had a great time at the Orange-White spring game and spent some quality time with the Cowboys offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

"I had been up there three times and I love it," said Evans. "It is a small town with a big college and you can tell everybody up there is all Oklahoma State.

"The facilities are great and the coaches are better. When we first got there they took us into their athletic cafeteria and we ate sandwiches. Coach Monken came in and sat down and talked with us for like 20 minutes. Then he had to go visit another recruit and then he came back and we talked for five minutes and then he pulled me and my family into his office and we talked football in there for awhile and that was a neat deal. He said he is going to come to Sanger and watch me throw."

Besides the Elite 11 Camp and the Nike Camp in Fort Worth, Evans said this summer he is planning on making the trip to Stillwater at least one day of the OSU camp.

"Then on June 20 I know we are going to check out Utah," he said. "I've never been there and we've bought the airline tickets. I'm going to go down to LSU so they can see me throw. I also am going to take a bunch of my teammates to Texas Tech for a one-day camp. We have a lot of good athletes that I think can play Division I in the future and I want to introduce them to one-day camps."

Summer is not over then. Evans said his Sanger 7-on-7 team was inivted to the Red Bull Challenge and they are going to compete in that. Last season, competing for the first time in 7-on-7, Sanger made the state finals in College Station and finished in the top eight, so they will try again.

"Everybody had a good time, so we are going to do it again," said Evans.

He may not be 6-4, but he has a cannon. He has leadership qualities. He is a winner, and somebody is going to get a good quarterback in Dane Evans.


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