Everett's Journey Picks Up With Huge Offer

It's been an interesting path for junior college cornerback Kass Everett.

He's a guy that's envisioned the dream of playing major Division I football for his entire life.

But he's never really caught the break.

A solid running back/corner out of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pa., Everett had to attend the University of Delaware, a I-AA school, instead of initially seeking his dream.

There, he recorded 24 tackles and had a pass broken up during his freshman season, as the Blue Hens managed a 6-5 record.

Hard times, though, came upon him the following season.

Everett suffered a number of injuries, including nicks to his hamstring and ankle, that really summed up his time at Delaware.

"I went to Delaware for two years, I redshirted one of them," Everett said. "And things weren't going in my favor. So, I definitely needed a change of scenery, a change, basically to start over new."

That change?

Reuniting with his fellow Philadelphia high school buddy, safety Gerald Bowman, out at LA Pierce Junior College.

"In my time at Delaware, things didn't go the way I was expecting them to go," Everett said. "I gave him a call, and he told me the success he was having at JUCO and, you know, that's how that originated...coming out to JUCO was probably my best move."

And for more reasons than one.

First off, he's had a comfort level at LA Pierce that's allowed him to rack up 25 tackles, five PBUs and a fumble recovery to go along with three tackles for loss.

But more important than that, it's allowed him to secure perhaps the most prestigious offer on his wish list in continuing his dream to play at the major Division I level, with the aid of his reunited childhood buddy.

"My friend, Gerald Bowman, actually got my film in front of the OU coaches, so when it finally came, you know, I was surprised," Everett said of his recent offer from the Sooners. "And then when everything was finalized, I was definitely grateful. So, my first thoughts were, you know, it's an opportunity to play with a friend, a childhood friend, a college friend and a high school friend. So, that was basically my first thought."

Bowman, of course, has a Sooner offer of his own and has OU on his short list.

So, he's been able to give the Sooners some perspective on the 5-foot-10, 180-pound corner in order to help trigger the offer and Everett some perspective of his own on the Crimson and Cream.

"Oh, he definitely enjoyed himself when he was there, enjoyed his visit," Everett said. "You know, he was already talking to Coach [Willie] Martinez and a couple other coaches that [he] hadn't had a chance to be introduced to, but he has nothing but positive things to say, and things have definitely been good. I can't wait until I get a chance to experience it myself."

That will be this weekend, when Everett takes in OU's game against Iowa State at 11 a.m.

"I'm definitely expecting to meet the coaches there and everything that goes with it, expecting the game atmosphere," Everett said. "You know, I hear that it's amazing, definitely expecting that. So, definitely trying to sit down with the coaches and talk schemes, talk about how I fit in. I had a short time speaking with Coach Martinez about it. I'm looking to go more in detail with him on that."

So far in his time with Martinez, the man who extended him the offer, he's been impressed.

"Man, he's an upfront guy," Everett said. "He's been nothing but honest to me. He's let me know [what I want]. Any questions I've had, he's answered them straight forward. So, you know, my first impression was that he is a coach that I would like to be coached by because of how direct he is in his approach."

He said his biggest deciding factor when choosing a school in the coming days will be how much he'll see the field.

"Certainly has to be playing time," Everett said. "You know, what are my chances? With only two years left to play, I'm looking to start and I'm looking for that starting competition. Can I come in and compete for that starting job? Another thing I'm looking for is the coaching staff, my relationship with the coaches. Is everything smooth in our conversations? Do I feel comfortable every time I get a chance to talk to those coaches because these are the coaches that will be coaching me for two years?

"That, and you know, as far as the team and I want to hang out with a couple of the players and really see how I interact with those guys. And that's pretty much it. At a big school like Oklahoma, it definitely comes down to, can I compete right away?"

One thing's for sure: Everett is very serious about the offer and potentially joining the Sooners.

And it certainly doesn't hurt that his childhood friend and current teammate, Bowman, has one on the table as well.

As far as his top schools, Everett mentioned four: Iowa State, South Florida, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

He's taken visits to Iowa State and South Florida and still has the latter two to see.

Stay tuned as Sooners Illustrated carries out the rest of his recruiting process.

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