December 18, 2010

Mike Evans commits to A&M

Galveston Ball didn't have a whole lot to cheer about in 2010, but one thing that was a positive was their major source of offense: 6 foot, five-inch, 180-lb. wide receiver Mike Evans.

Evans, better known for his exploits on the basketball court, was a revelation in his first and only year of high school football. He caught 26 passes for nearly 750 yards-- an average of 26 yards a catch -- and seven touchdowns. Ball coach David Suggs said Evans was simply a tremendous athlete.

"We tried to get him out there my first year, in 2009," Suggs said of Evans. "He's just a remarkable player that is getting better as he figures out more of the game."

Evans' raw talent was what attracted Texas A&M to him, and to an unofficial visit to College Station Saturday. While he was there, the Aggies offered him a football scholarship, which he immediately accepted.

"There had been contact on and off during the fall, and it picked up here in the last few weeks as I think the word got out about him," Suggs said. "He told me that they did offer him this afternoon and he was taking it. Texas A&M was one of those schools that I know he's always liked and would jump at an opportunity."

Suggs said that Evans had received an early offer from Tulane and other programs, including Texas-San Antonio, had been by recently. Due to his size and athleticism, schools have been projecting his young player differently at the next level.

"I'm not sure if he's going to be a big wide receiver or a defensive back, or a tight end/H-back type," Suggs said. "He's a tall kid and he's going to put on a lot of weight quickly once he gets into a college strength program."

Suggs said not to be confused by Evans lack of experience on the football field -- he would be willing to do what it takes to play.

"He's very smart, and one thing he does is picks things up very quickly," Suggs said. "I doubt he's going up there with anything else in mind except playing next year."

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