'Cats Target Bellaire HS RB Early

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State staff is hitting the State of Texas hard this year as it extends a scholarship offer to Bellaire High School Running Back Denzell Evans...

Denzell Evans rushed for more than 900 yards in 2011 for the second straight season for Bellaire High School in the Houston area. Despite missing two games due to wrist injury, Evans proved himself as one of the most productive running backs in Texas 5A in his junior season. He's seen his recruiting pick up as well with two early offers.

"Texas A&M was my first offer," said Denzell Evans. "I was just there for a Junior Day two weeks ago. My next offer came from Kansas State. I've talking with my parents about going up there during spring ball. I've learned a little bit about the program since the offer, but I want to go down there and see what it's really like."

Evans, 6-foot, 212-pounds, rushed for 950 yards on the season and averaged 7.2 yards-per-carry with 13 touchdowns. Evans ran for 174 yards on just 15 carries with three touchdowns in game three of the season against Oak Ridge. He was named First Team All-District (20-5A).

"I'm a downhill runner with the ability to make catches coming out of the backfield," Evans said. "Next season I'm going to do more in the offense like lining up in the slot and play more on special teams. The main thing is to be the best running back I can be and help lead the team a long way in the playoffs. I'm going to push myself hard to make that happen."

Evans competed against 500 of the top prospects in the country at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio in January. He had a good performance there and is receiving a lot of attention around the Southwest and beyond.

"I'm also hearing from UH," Evans said. "Arizona State likes me at strong safety. I'll be going to Alabama the weekend of March 19th. The other schools I'm getting the most attention from are Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

"I had a date in mind to make a decision. I'd like to do it by the start of the season and not have it drag on and get in the way. I'm going to weigh my options in late spring and hopefully be ready to do something then."

Evans will compete at a combine in March at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah. It was here where it had his big game against Oak Ridge on the Astro Turf. Evans is also running on the track team and playing point guard on Bellaire's basketball squad. The Bellaire Cardinals begin spring practice on April 5th.

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