2015 OT Countdown | First Place | Bobby Evans

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As previously discussed, this is the final installment of a six part series of evaluations involving Oklahoma’s primary offensive tackle recruiting targets in this 2015 class. It figures to be an important position of need for the Sooners and clearly one they have made a priority having already identified a number of players they are focusing on. In turn, we will do the same in an effort to give you a better idea the type of player we believe each to be and what the Sooners could be getting should a commitment come from one (or more) at some point later down the road.

No. 1 – Bobby Evans 6’5″ 265 lbs | Allen H.S. | Allen, TX

Happy Friday!!!!!!! Man oh man has it been a long week.  I’ll be glad when I am at home tonight and enjoying the weekend!  It’s been a long journey, but we’re finally here at number one!

Oklahoma commit Bobby Evans got the nod as my No. 1 offensive tackle in the countdown. The tale of the tape says he’s 6’5″ 265 lbs, so he is certainly not the biggest guy on the countdown. He’s not the most powerful either.  He’s also not the most technically sound. So how in the world is he my number one guy you might ask?

Before I get accused of being the worlds largest homer since he’s already committed to OU, I just gotta say that you need to cut on the tape.  Just put on the tape (which you can do here) and tell me what you see on the very first play………I’ll wait.

Barry Switzer used to say all the time there were those rare guys you could watch one or two plays on and just knew they were going to be great. In my opinion, Evans is one of those guys.

On that first play, look at his feet as he pulls around to the right.  I don’t know that I’ve seen many tackles quicker than Evans.  That kind of athletic ability at the offensive tackle position is so rare that words like ‘extreme’ don’t even do it justice.  I’m not worried about his size. For those not already aware, Evans’ father is former OU basketball player Bobby Joe Evans he stands a cool 6’9″. So with his genes, size isn’t expected to be a problem. When you look at his frame, it’s pretty clear like he isn’t done growing yet.

While he’s not the most technically sound guy either, it’s important to bare in mind he’s only played the position one year.  He played tight end for Allen as a sophomore, and started there, so the kid is used to top notch competition.  Anyone who knows anything about Allen knows they take their football VERY seriously.  Their facilities rival most FCS schools and might even exceed a lot of them. So when you got a guy who is going to end up being a three year starter there, that’s really saying something.  Allen, like Oklahoma, is all about championships. So the expectations at OU will be nothing new for Evans once he arrives. And the OU coaches have made it a point to target kids who come from traditionally strong high school programs as it helps to foster that same expectation of winning they (and OU fans) demand. Kids who come from high school programs that win don’t generally enjoy losing (duh, right?), so why wouldn’t you want kids like that in your program?

“So J, if he’s not all of those things you listed above why did you pick Evans over Connor Lanfear and Toby Weathersby?” Fair question.

I touched on it a bit in the Lanfear writeup that I had to pick between the player they are now, and the player I believe they will eventually become.  The thing that stands out to me most about Evans is that he can be as good as he wants to be. He has that type of ceiling.

He has the frame, the strength, the athleticism, and the mindset.  It also certainly doesn’t hurt that he comes from a family of athletes I already mentioned his father and, as many of you already know, his older brother, Tay (linebacker), was a member of Oklahoma’s 2014 class. Every time you hear about Bobby, you’re going to hear about him getting bigger.  He’s already pushing 280 lbs now from what I understand, and remember he’s still not actually a senior yet.

The issues he has with his technique are simply a lack of repetition. There is no reason to believe those “issues” won’t improve as he continues to learn the position and develop his game. Even with that, he projects to give you the kind of athlete at the left tackle spot that will not be out-athlete’d by 99 3/4% of the defenders he’ll face. That, my friends, is just something you cannot teach. You’re either fortunate enough to have it or you don’t, and the guys who have it play on Sundays and get paid a lot of money to do so.

It wouldn’t shock me a bit to see Evans end up about 6’7″ and 320 lbs knowing his genetics.  But, man, I just keep coming back to those feet.  Having a tackle like that protecting the blind side of your QB is like taking out an insurance policy with Lloyds of London.  While his film wasn’t as impressive from a finishing standpoint as Lanfear or Weathersby, all the signs point to a guy who is going to have a breakout senior year.  After he redshirts, he could be a four year starter — if he sticks around that long.  As he continues to get more experience and reps at the position, I bet we see that nasty come out more than it is already.

So there you have it folks.  From number six, to number one.  These are the guys on my wish list, hope you all enjoyed reading as much as I did writing.  Have a great weekend Sooners!

No. 2 – Connor Lanfear 6’6″ 270 lbs | Hays H.S. | Buda, TX

No. 3 – Toby Weathersby 6’5″ 295 lbs | Westfield H.S. | Houston, TX

No. 4 – Andre James 6’5″ 275 lbs | Herriman H.S. | Herriman, UT

No. 5 – Conner Dyer 6’4″ 278 lbs | Horn H.S. | Mesquite, TX

No. 6 – Keaton Sutherland 6’6″ 280 lbs | Marcus H.S. | Flower Mound, TX

  • Thomas Lenard

    I’m having a hard time to get his HUDL video to load……anyone else having this problem?

    • Jared William Reininger

      I didn’t just has a very long intro screen. But worked fine for me.

    • BR

      same here Thomas

    • BR

      but i got it to work typing Bobby Evans hudl in my search engine

    • Sooner Ray

      Some HUDL video streams very slow for me on wireless but plugged in it runs fine. Think it all depends on the bandwidth of your connection.

    • dwells

      Just a little side note. Has anyone ever lost what appears to be vertical stabilization on the HUDL video streams? This happens to me maybe 30 to 40% of the time.

    • EasTex

      I don’t understand HUDL using Silverlight, practically no one uses it. Linux quit offering a plug-in for it because there was no demand. One guy on a Linux forum said he needed it to watch live TV when he was living in Belgium.
      Perhaps Microsoft owns HUDL.

  • Jared William Reininger

    Great write up. Hopefully he puts in the work and does all he can to try to hit that very high ceiling. Glad he is going to be a Sooner though.

  • Sooner Ray

    Without a doubt, there is a ton of potential with Evans. After a red shirt year under our coaches he should be a beast to deal with.

  • RVNVET6869

    Fantastic series of articles! You guys sure have a great site going here, best info out there.

    • Jordan Esco

      Very nice of you to say!

    • JY


    • hOUligan

      This site is serious about football. This has been a great series, just like JY’s “In the Trenches” pieces. Great stuff. To Evans: Hoover Dam he’s quick/athletic for that length. Uses his hands well already. Reminds me of Ikard in how he already is learning to use his feet to get him into great position to leverage larger, stronger opps. Glad to have him coming to the crimson and cream side of life.

  • Adrian

    Actually Evans has already started to get bigger. I think he is a good 6’6″ right now and honestly his brother could end up being a Jadeveon Clowney type (height and build wise). Because he is officially a Tackle the Allen Strength staff has been working on him. He’ll probably be close to 290-300 by the time he finishes playoffs next year

    • JY

      Great info Adrian! Keep it comin!

      • Thanks Adrian. Would you please look into it if you can. I was told by a very reliable source that he’s already up to a legit 6-6.5 and his weight is a solid 278 or higher (he remembered that number). If so, he will easily end up at OU ready to play out of the gate. He’s also a smart kid just like his older brother. Dad has raised his kids to be professional athletes as that’s what THEY want. Dad would have been NBA good if it wasn’t for his bad knees. On that first play I honestly see an NBA power forward driving to the hoop and making a sick move to lose his slower defender. That’s what I see, lol 😉 As JY has always told me, I’ll take the kid who can move better than the other and has a brain. If he has that, he can be taught technique. I see why he’s number one, but I also think we are getting Weathersby and along with Evans, Barrnett and Wariboko that gives us the base of possibly the top OL class (when you look back in four years and not by stars). All of these kids have NFL all over them, especially under Coach B, Coach Tiff and the new strength coaching assistants 😉

  • Doobie74OU

    Don’t you guys wish JY would get excited about one of these guys? LOL JK I can read the smile on JY’s face as he was typing this article. It all sounds great to me and I’m glad he is already in the fold. We need to find out who is going to be our 2015 version of Mixon and start working Social Media and the Phone Lines to get some of these other recruits on board as well!

  • tforce

    I like them all.
    OU needs to get 1-2 more (I personally like James and Weathersby).

    • Sooner Ray

      I like them all too, we will get Evans so if we could get at least one more off this list and maybe a couple that aren’t on the list we will be in good shape for the next few years. Can’t have too many because you never know when a knee, ankle, or back could be a problem on these big dudes.

      • Sonny Schovanec

        It would be nice to get Weathersby. He’s got a ton of athleticism and sky high ceiling.

        • Sooner Ray

          Absolutely, I don’t get a chance to see any of this group in person but based on film I have seen, they all have the ability to be an asset to the program.

  • connie usa

    Y’all are my #1 OU site, BY FAR!!!
    As always, excellent work!!!!

  • Sooner Ray

    Sonny where are ya? The boy you’ve praised from day one has been on the board all day and you’re MIA. I was looking forward to you throwing out the praises on this kid! Heard he’s already getting bigger.

    • Sonny Schovanec

      Basking in the glory. Having a cigar like Coach Jay would. This kid is a good one. He will make a living in the league if he stays healthy.

      • Sooner Ray

        Yeah baby!, I always say if you’re gonna celebrate, do it like a champion!

  • Boomer4life

    The best thing about Evans is that he will play from a different perspective than most. He grew up with crimson and cream. Can’t wait to see him play.

  • EasTex

    Watching how clean the pocket was for Kyler Murray this past season and how Evans just made his guy disappear from the frame was impressive.
    The transformation many of these young men have from their junior to senior year is remarkable. Can’t wait to not only see how Evans does in the 2014 season, but in the years to come at OU.

  • CS

    Lanfear and weathersby, can OU get these two, I wonder?!!!

    • Sooner Ray

      Lanfear is a long shot, Texas is real high on him and so is aTm. We’re in the mix but slightly. Weathersby has been leaning OU but we have our work cut out to keep him also.

  • Cory Reedy

    I took your advice while reading your breakdown and paused to watch his highlight video. The first thing that came to mind was “NASTY”. I like this kid A LOT!