Ty Evans does not talk or play like someone that just finished up his sophomore year of high school. It is that impressive maturity, as well as arm talent, that has caught the attention of the Buffaloes' staff.
Mike MacIntyre prefers to offer in-state prospects in person, when possible, so when Evans was finishing up a recent unofficial visit at Colorado, the Buffs' head coach had some good news for the young gunslinger.
"It was definitely a dream and a goal come true when CU offered," Evans said. "I have been going to their camps since I was about six years old and I remember thinking to myself, 'This is what I want to do with my life. This is the goal.' So having them extend an offer to me was sentimental. It was a great experience."
"They have great coaches and a great school," he continued on about Colorado. "I am trying to be a Marketing major and CU's Business school is definitely very attractive to me. You can't deny their football facilities are insane. It is a great program and a great school overall."
Colorado was not the first program to offer Evans. Arkansas stepped up to the plate on May 17 and Colorado State offered on May 23.
"It was definitely strange, if you ask me," Evans said of the Razorbacks' early interest. "I thought I would need to get the two in-state schools to offer before I would move my way into out-of-state offers. But they liked what they saw when they came out and watched me throw this spring. I am going to Arkansas for a visit and for a camp in a couple weeks."
Evans also plans to attend a camp at Notre Dame, Northwestern and Oklahoma State. Those three programs also stopped by Palmer Ridge to watch him throw this spring.
A second-team all-state selection in the 3A classification, Evans completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,130 yards and 30 touchdowns with just five interceptions as a sophomore.
"The colleges recruiting me have all said I have a big arm and I am accurate. They love the way the ball comes off my hands and how I can make any throw on the field," he said. "I have gotten more athletic since the season and what they've seen on tape. They said they love the interaction I have with my receivers. I try to keep it as positive as I can and just fill those guys' emotional tanks."
Evans will not sign a letter of intent with a college for at least another 19 months but quarterbacks often commit early in the process. What is Evans' plan of attack with recruiting?
"I have talked to my parents, trainers and coaches about it and honestly I am just going to take it day-by-day," he said. "I am going to think it all over as much as I can. At the same time, I don't want to rush my decision. I don't want to make a commitment I am not 100 percent into."