TAHLEQUAH — NSU will return a host of running backs in 2013, led by Joel Rockmore, Terrence Dixon and Zack Simmons, but Evans said signees such as Pryor's Carson Smallwood, Wetumka's Derrick Moore and Fort Worth Christian's Jared Taylor could add dept in the offensive backfield.
"We signed some running backs that have a lot of talent," Evans said. "They will have a chance to play quick and have chance to play at other positions. As we move forward, we're in solid position at running back."
The RiverHawks also bolstered their depth at linebacker. Norman North's Beau Proctor, Wagoner's T.J. Ponds, Jr., Claremore's Jordan Cunningham, Vian's Tre Locust, Star Spencer's Kenneth Davis were all brought in to do just that.
Already enrolled at NSU, Buck Spurger of Trinity Valley Community College could play right away on the RiverHawks' offensive line.
"He's very explosive and could work his way into the mix," Evans said of the 6-6, 340-pounder who committed to the RiverHawks while on a visit to Northwest Missouri State.
As for NSU's haul on local and area talent, Evans said he feels like the RiverHawks signed the best in northeast Oklahoma.
"To be honest, we feel like we got the best players from this area," Evans said. "All those guys will be good in the classroom, and they'll bring people to the stands. And hopefully they'll be valuable assets to our program."