NORMAN — Draped in his father's No. 78 crimson jersey, flanked by two OU football helmets, 3-year-old Jordan Evans posed for a picture. "Following the Tradition," read the inscription on the frame.
Evans turns 18 on Sunday; on Feb. 6 he plans to sign a letter of intent to play football for the Sooners. The photo proved true.
But it took awhile to get there.
The son of Scott Evans was a late bloomer. Until two years ago, Jordan Evans thought of himself as a basketball player. Until the 2011 Class 6A playoffs, Scott Evans wasn't sure his son could be a Division I football player. Until two months ago, OU hadn't offered a scholarship.
And if Virginia Tech had shown interest, Jordan Evans likely would be Blacksburg bound. The son of a Sooner grew up a Hokie fan, drawn to Michael Vick in that wild Sugar Bowl 13 years ago. Jordan's Christmases over the years have included a steady stream of Virginia Tech gear.
But now Jordan Evans, a strapping 6-foot-3 speedster, who was a linebacker, an occasional wildcat quarterback and big-play kick returner at Norman North, is headed for his dad's alma mater.
Yep, that Scott Evans.
As good a pick as any as the most underrated Sooner of them all. A three-time all-Big Eight defensive tackle, 1988-90. Lee Roy Selmon didn't make all-Big Eight three times. Neither did Tony Casillas. But Scott Evans did, and Tommie Harris (2001-03) joined him as OU's only three-time all-conference defensive tackles.
Evans also is as good a pick as any as the most interesting Sooner I ever interviewed. He was introspective. Able to talk about things outside football. I remember a 1990 chat with Evans about Vietnam. He was completely enthralled with the Vietnam era. Read books, wrote papers, took classes about that period of American history.