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September 17, 2012

Evans, Keely enjoy visits to Manhattan vs. UNT

Week three's match-up with North Texas gave way for yet another weekend opportunity for Bill Snyder's program to impress prospective recruits for the upcoming 2013 class and beyond. In this update, we take a look at two prospects who not only took in Saturday night's action, but also remain hopeful for a K-State scholarship offer.

When Norman North hired Wade Standley to lead it's football program prior to the beginning of last season, then-junior Jordan Evans knew there'd be an adjustment process. Come to find out, that would include more than just getting to know a new coaching staff, as Evans was asked to move from the secondary, where he'd played his whole life, to linebacker.

A little more than a year later, and Evans is now reaping the benefits as one of Oklahoma's biggest sleepers in a deep class of defenders.

"I get calls weekly from schools, but my five offers are from Navy, Ohio, New Mexico, South Dakota State, and Memphis," Evans told GoPowercat on Sunday.

In addition, the Kansas State Wildcats have also inquired about the 6-foot-3 linebacker, inviting him for an unofficial visit this past Saturday. Following the trip, the 205 pounder expressed a positive impression from the 35-21 victory.

"It was cool and I enjoyed it," said the three-star prospect."It's a nice place."

Though Evans hasn't shied away from his love for the hometown Sooners, telling TCU's Purple Menace in early August, "Having a chance to play there would be near impossible to turn down", the Timberwolves senior leader is keeping things closer to the vest these days.

"Not at this point," Evans said in response to him having any current leaders of favorites. "I see all of them equally."

While Oklahoma State has yet to get involved, this race could come down to whether or not Oklahoma or Kansas State offer.

"Both of the schools (Oklahoma and Kansas State) are just watching me throughout this year," says the North defender, who averaged 14 tackles a game last fall. "There's always a chance (for a scholarship offer)."

Off to a 2-1 start, Evans says he's concentrating this year on keeping his pad level lower, which can be a challenge for a taller linebacker at the high school level, as well as improving his strength and conditioning in hopes it will not only impress college coaches, but assist in aiding his team win a 6A state title.

He may not possess the same athletic abilities that fans in the Kansas City area glimpsed last year from current Kentucky Wildcat freshman basketball phenom Willie Cauley while playing football for Olathe Northwest. That said, Nebraska's Stacy Keely is still turning heads and dropping jaws in the same fashion with his size and potential.

At 6-foot-8, Keely has quickly become Omaha Northwest's top receiving target, hauling in a number of touchdowns already this fall including a 70-yarder last Friday against Lincoln East.

A day later, the 200-pound receiver, along with 6-foot-7 twin brother Eron, took in the Cats game with the Mean Green.

"The visit went pretty well," said the ONW Husky, who also has a 30-inch vertical and 80-inch wingspan. "I was really excited to watch the Wildcats play. The tour was great too. Everything was pretty amazing to be a part of."

For Keely, who is also the reigning Nebraska state high-jump champion, the opportunity to suit up in purple on Saturday's in the future is something he can not only see, but enjoys thinking about.

"I can definitely see myself becoming part of the Wildcat family," Seely stated in regards to where Kansas State stood on the scholarship front. "From what my coach has been telling me, they are talking about getting me and my brother down there. I really hope so."

Another perk the wideout took away from his pre-game sideline view at Bill Snyder Family Stadium was the conversation between his family and members of the Wildcat coaching staff who ventured over to say more than hello.

"It was a plus to see that the coaches remembered us by name and even acknowledged that they were happy to see us there."

As it stands now, Keely says only one other major FBS school, Missouri, is actively recruiting him for his talents… but that's only for track and field.

It will be interesting to keep an eye on the Nebraska native's recruitment this fall, as he holds the potential to become a serious dual-sport athlete for the Wildcats.

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