Name: Victor Evans
School and hometown: Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas
Position: Weakside defensive end
Height and weight: 6'3 and 225 pounds
Ratings: A consensus three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Evans is the no. 46 weakside defensive end nationally and the no. 131 player in the state of Texas, though 247Sports gave him a bump in the rankings after a strong performance at the June 2 Texas camp.
Offers: Evans holds offers from Houston, Kansas State, MIchigan State, SMU, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and UTSA.
For positions like defensive end, the top prospects are typically pretty easy to spot -- they just look different from everyone else. In a camp setting like the Dallas NFTC, it wasn't hard to spot Victor Evans, though that was in no small part because of his high-top fade.
Evans has an ideal frame for the weakside defensive end position and will probably be close to a size to contribute as a pass rusher when he enrolls at the college of his choice roughly a year from now. And though his SPARQ 40 time (4.96) and shuttle (4.65) in Dallas seem like they undersold his athleticism, his 36-inch vertical seems like a more true indicator of his explosiveness, which is more evident on film than it is in testing.
While out in Allen for the Dallas NFTC, he was excellent in a couple of high-profile reps late in one-on-ones against Texas A&M commit Kealvin Davis. On the first, Evans used a speed-to-power stab move and put Davis on his backside with one hand, impressively winning the second as well. It was an exchange on a pretty big stage that left Davis visibly shaken afterward.
On his junior film, there are also some impressive moments, just not as many as there should have been. Against the run he comes off the ball with good pad level and clear lower-body strength, with the athleticism to open up and run. His strength is evident in reaching out and grabbing a running back headed for the corner and tossing him to the ground one-handed, with merely a grasp of jersey and perhaps a bit of shoulder pad.
Another unfortunate opponent, a scrambling quarterback, got clotheslined as Evans pursued a play all the way across the field when he saw his opponent vacate the pocket to the other side of the field. Despite those moments, he's the type of player whose film leaves one wanting just a little bit more, like a run-the-arc sack.
He seems like the type of player who possesses significant untapped ability, it's just a question of if or when the light comes on. A strong performance at the Texas camp and his weight gain from his junior season (about 15 pounds or so) both bode well for a strong final high school campaign that could continue to elevate Evans' stock.
All the tools are there, he just needs to translate them to film on a more consistent basis. If he does that, his projection to college becomes much more favorable because it heightens his floor, while further illustrating the height of his ceiling.
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