Evans Joins ECU's 2014 Class

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- ECU landed its second 2014 defensive end of the day, Tuesday, with Springbrook's (Silver Springs, MD) Alex Evans, who brings a lot of size to the table.

Springbrook High School (Silver Springs, MD) defensive end Alex Evans became ECU's ninth commit for the 2014 class Tuesday and the third addition since Friday.

Evans, a 6-foot-7, 230-pounder also played tight end in high school and received a lot of interest from Old Dominion as well, but in the end, ECU's family atmosphere sold him.

"They treated me like a family when I came and visited the school," said Evans, who said some of the other factors in his decision included, "the campus, the culture, and the atmosphere."

Despite his official listing, Evans says that he currently weighs closer to 240 pounds and was told by ECU defensive-line coach Marc Yellock he could make an immediate impact next season.

"(Yellock) told me to go there and work hard … and he wants to put me at weak-side (defensive) end," said Evans. "He told me I would be the tallest guy on the D-Line if I come to ECU."

Evans went on to say that Yellock wanted him to be slightly bigger "muscle-wise" by the time he shows up on campus next year.

With high school football seasons just about to start, a large portion of the 2014 class are committing to schools so that they are able to focus solely on their upcoming years. Evans is no different. His first practice is tomorrow, which was why he had this date circled.

"I told everyone I was going to make my decision before the season started," and when asked how difficult the decision was, Evans said, "It wasn't that tough because they liked me and I liked them. It's good."

Evans has visited the campus and said the largest difference between ECU and Old Dominion was its stadium. Though, he hasn't seen the game-day atmosphere yet, Evans expects to be inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium when the Pirates, fittingly, host Old Dominion on Aug. 31.

It's also worth noting that Evans becomes the sixth defensive recruit of the 2014 class and earlier Tuesday, fellow defensive-end Shaun James, from Green Run High School (Virginia Beach, VA), picked ECU as well.

Even though Evans will continue to play at tight end this fall, he made it clear that ECU was mainly interested (and excited) in what he can bring on the defensive side of the ball.

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