Art Evans Is A Difference Maker

Limited scholarships available means the Duke coaching staff has to be more selective with the offers. Thusly, several highly rated prospects appear on the Blue Devil recruiting radar. One of, if not the, top overall prospects is Florida wide receiver Art Evans.

"Right now my top three are Duke, Tennessee, and Ohio State" says Art Evans. "Right now I am thinking I will probably hold off on making a decision before my senior season."

That's a stark departure from his original plan of being off the market before attempting to lead his school (formerly known as Evangel Christian School) to a second straight Florida Class 1B state championship.

Evans broke out during last season by recording 62 receptions for 1,329 yards with 16 touchdowns as a receiver. Defensively he added 11 interceptions, while taking them back for a score twice. Evans was even more dangerous while returning punts, taking eight in for touchdowns.

Usually when a big time player reports offers from the Volunteers and Buckeyes, he appears to be out of reach for Duke. However, Evans doesn't see it that way.

"A Duke offer isn't something that every player in the country can get. They are the kind of school that can set you up for life with what you do in the classroom, so you have to be a special kind of player to get them to offer. On the field they are getting close to being able to be a very good program. They just need a few more high level players. I think I could go in and make a difference really early on."

Making a difference at a program would be nothing knew to Evans, who has been a two year varsity starter for a program that no one expected to compete on a state level last season.

"A lot of people thought that because we were a small school without a lot of success, we wouldn't be as good as we were. But that was their mistake. I like the idea of working hard and building my own legacy. It's something I want to finish off this coming season."

In addition to the pitch of being a difference maker in Durham, the Blue Devils have the distinction of being the program that has been with Evans the longest.

"Duke was the first school to offer me, and they have stuck with me for a long time. I really am comfortable with the coaches, and the program. I'm going to be visiting Duke right before school starts, so that'll be a chance to really see the players and the facilities up close."

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