The spring evaluation period is upon us.
Oklahoma has made a living out of evaluating and developing well, helping the Sooners earn a 51-15 record during their past five seasons, including four straight seasons with double-digit wins. During Bob Stoops' tenure, the Sooners have been able to consistently compete for championships thanks in part to their ability to land hidden gems such as Aaron Colvin and Dominique Alexander. With the spring evaluation period underway, we'll spend the next two weeks counting down the top 10 hidden gems of the past five years at Oklahoma. Today, we kick the series off with No. 10.
No. 10: Tyler Evans, offensive guard, Class of 2009
Recruiting rank: 78 (out of 100) ESPN.com scout grade, No. 25 offensive guard, No. 76 overall in Midlands region
What we said: “Evans is big enough to block out the sun. He is athletic for such a huge man and is very light on his feet for a three hundred pounder.” - ESPN recruiting analyst
Other reported offers: Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri
Career production: Evans started 29 of 38 career games before injuries derailed his OU career. … In 2013, Evans reinjured his knee as he was recovering from his 2012 ACL injury. It forced him the miss the season… In 2012, a torn ACL forced Evans to miss the season. … In 2011, hist junior season, Evans started all 13 games, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors. … In his sophomore season of 2010, Evans started 12 of 14 games. … Played in 11 games with four starts as a true freshman in 2009.
Why Evans is No. 10: If Evans had not run into injuries, it’s very likely he would have ended up higher on this list. He stepped on campus and had an impact as a freshman offensive lineman, which is very rare. Despite missing all that playing time as an upperclassman, Evans' start total and overall production looks like the results of a five-star signee.
The Class of 2009, which was headlined by Jamarkus McFarland, was disappointing overall. But Evans was a shining light among a subpar class.