Evangelister: Military a noble calling

One of Army's top offensive targets come out of Dacula High School in the talent-rich Greater Atlanta area. Jacques Evangelister, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound all-purpose back, plays a variety of positions in high school including running back, wide receiver, wildcat in the triple option attack and defensive back as well. He spoke to ArmySports.com on his current standing with his offers.

"Coach Brent Davis came and spoke to me this spring about Army," Evangelister said. "He told me a lot of information about West Point, like that it's in New York, the commitment you make to the service after college, and the prep system. I then received the offer on May 20th and called Coach Davis to confirm it with him.

"I feel pretty good about the offer. The Cricket app they have [for Army] just started got updated. I was checking that out today. They like me on offensive. I assume it's because I'm pretty fast. I play A-back for my high school and lineup at outside receiver, slot, or at running back.

"It's an offer I definitely appreciate. I've always been interested in going into the service. I think it's a noble calling. You do it for the safety of your country. I'm pretty excited and just want to get as much information as possible before I make a decision. When you combine sports and the military, you teaching the individual a lot of good intangibles with learning about discipline, hard work, and teamwork. You're more focused on being a team player and the fundamentals of football than being conceited or cocky. I think football players would make for good soldiers."

Furman and Air Force have also offered Evangelister. He plans on camping at Duke, Richmond, Georgia Southern and Mercer this month to further those school's interest in him. He's also hearing from Navy, Bucknell, MTSU, Holy Cross, Charleston Southern, and Lehigh.

"It doesn't have to be an HBCU but I'd like to go to a college with good ethic diversity," he said. "I'm from New Orleans organically and of mixed ethnicity. I want to be a physics major so I'm looking into school with a physics programs. I also want to play for coaches who work well with their players and preach the intangibles."

Dacula finished 8-5 in 2013. Evangelister gained more than 700 yards on 68 carries. He thinks the Falcons can make it further this year, if they stay grounded.

"If we fly under the radar and play every play, every rep as hard as we can we can do big things this year," he stated. "Last year we were picked ninth in our region but we were the last team playing from our region at the end of the year. As for me, I stay like to stay general. I'm not a big stat guy, but I'd like to get to around 170 to 175 pounds and get my forty down to 4.4 on the laser."

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