Evans ready to continue family OU tradition

Winning a state championship is nice as a junior but doing it as a senior is even better. Back-to-back state championships for Tay Evans and now he's ready to head to Norman.

It didn't happen as fast as almost everybody thought it would, but eventually Oklahoma came around on Allen (Texas) High linebacker Tay Evans.

The Sooners took a longer to offer Evans than a lot of people anticipated, but they did during the summer. He committed in early July.

Some of the concern was a shoulder injury suffered during the latter part of his junior season. Even though Allen won the state championship when Evans was a junior, he wanted another chance and wanted to be a focal point of the defense.

He got that chance this fall and made the most of it in leading Allen to a perfect 16-0 season and another state championship.

"This year felt a lot better," Evans said. "The first team to go back-to-back with a perfect season. We believed in ourselves all the way through, never lost that faith."

And Evans was the vital contributor he wanted to be. Strangely enough it was on both sides of the ball. In short yardage situations, Evans was called to run the Wildcat offense. It worked every time – four carries for four touchdowns.

An ankle injury limited his effectiveness in the semifinals, but he was back to being himself in the championship game with two tackles for loss.

Now he's ready to continue the Evans tradition at OU. His father, Bobby Joe, played basketball for the Sooners in the ‘90s. And his younger brother, Bobby, is a 2015 Scout 300 offensive tackle prospect that is already committed to the Sooners.

December was a crazy time for Evans, but OU coaches Tim Kish and Josh Heupel were able to make their way down for an in-home visit.

"We were just catching up on things more than anything," Evans said. "They didn't tell me anything specifically about what my role in the defense will be. They said they feel they can move me around anywhere and see where I fit in best."

The natural fit sure feels like as an outside linebacker. He has made the majority of his big plays coming from the outside and with his hand on the ground. But Evans isn't opposed to playing inside, saying as long as he gets on the field everything is fine.

Evans is used to playing in big games at Allen and this season could be an indicator of what's to come with him with the Sooners. Evans, like every other OU commit, is fired up about the 2014 AllState Sugar Bowl against Alabama this week.

"Wow, they're really playing Bama," said Evans about his first reaction. That's crazy. It's a real big challenge. But I got faith in them. I like playing in big games like. I think everybody does."

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