, Muskogee, OK

February 2, 2014

Wednesday’s Signing Day light on local fanfare

By Mike Kays
Phoenix Sports Editor

— Wednesday’s National Signing Day may be lighter – or maybe later – around here in terms of football activity than in recent years.

There won’t be a major college signing for the first time in several years.

Lawrence Evitt, the All-Phoenix team MVP, and his Wagoner receiver Hayden Ford have made verbal commitments to Central Oklahoma.  If there’s any uncertainty, it may be at Muskogee, where at this point, anything goes, including what defensive end Tramal Ivy will do.

Ivy, who two weeks ago commited to Butler (Kan.) Community College, has backed off that, telling the Phoenix on Friday he’ll sign somewhere but his status is back to undecided.

The 6-4, 220-pounder who was the Large School Defensive Player of the Year while playing a combination of defensive end, linebacker and free safety had prompted inquiries of Division I schools including national champion Florida State and USC, both of which made contact with former MHS head coach Josh Blankenship. Academic issues will likely send Ivy to the highest level by way of the junior college ranks. Where remains uncertain.

MHS assistant head coach Brian Hobbs, who has been coordinating recruiting issues since Blankenship left for the quarterback coaching job at the University of Tulsa, said six to seven Roughers “could legitimately wind up somewhere.”

“There’s ACT tests still to be taken with some and those decisions and destinations may not be finalized on Wednesday,” he said.

Southwestern (Kan.) has obtained a commitment from Fort Gibson lineman Avery Rigney and the NAIA school in Winfield, Kan., has also offered Hilldale wide receiver Bradley Campbell and defensive end Justin Sanders, but the two remain undecided, said Hilldale coach Chad Kirkhart. There's also been some interest shown by the school for Hornets' offensive lineman C.J. Hunnicutt.

Campbell was the state's top receiver in 2013 with 1,336 yards.  He, Sanders and Hunnicutt were All-Phoenix selections.

Tahlequah linebacker Colton Wright has committed to Southwestern Oklahoma.

Verbal commitments are non-binding.

Evitt, who had 5,700 yards rushing over the past two seasons, will join 2012 All-Phoenix MVP, running back Jake Gandara out of Fort Gibson, in the Bronchos backfield mix.