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June 19, 2011Sunday was a special Father's Day for Tulsa football coaches. One reason was a phone call from Sanger (Texas) quarterback Dane Evans, who gave a verbal commitment to Tulsa. The 6-foot-2 and 195-pound signal-caller is a big catch for the Golden Hurricane.
Evans made an unofficial visit and attended a QB camp at Tulsa this past weekend.
"I loved (the facilities), they are very nice," he explained. "On Saturday, they offered, and I committed today."
Evans' family is from Anadarko, Oklahoma, where he grew up. It is about 150 miles from Tulsa, which is one of several reasons he chose the Hurricane.
"They throw the ball a lot, they are in Oklahoma, and I really fit in there," he added. "(Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship) is a great man and a winner. At every level, he has won and will continue to win. My plan is to help him win as many championships as we can."
OSU, Kansas, UTEP, Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Miami and LSU were all showing steady interest in Evans, who won the accuracy drill at Kansas' QB Academy. He was also the QB MVP at the second day of the 2010 National Underclassmen Combine in Dallas.
As a junior last season, Evans completed 203-of-308 passes for 3,411 yards, 37 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. In his sophomore season, he threw for 2,389 yards, 21 scores and just seven interceptions.
Jeff Tarpley of AggieYell.com had a chance to watch Evans in person last season and gave his thoughts a few months ago.
"Evans is another guy you haven't heard a lot of, but I saw him in person last season and he was the best one I saw," said Tarpley. "He plays in a Class 2A school close to the Red River, which means he doesn't get a lot of publicity. However, he threw for 300 yards a game on a team with no other Division I prospects and completes a high percentage of his throws with few picks. He's a coach's son and has very good footwork and compact mechanics."
Analysts at last year's Dallas NUC combine said Evans made very quick and precise reads, noting a quick release, above average arm strength and excellent accuracy.
With so many colleges taking notice this spring and summer, it is almost certain that Evans will receive more scholarship offers, but he says his commitment to Tulsa is rock solid.
"I'm 100-percent, it's not changing at all," he said. "I don't want to be anywhere else. I am going to Tulsa to win multiple championships."
Evans is the sixth commitment in the class of 2012 for Tulsa.
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