4-star Hoosier running back eyeing Cardinals

Indianapolis Warren Central running back Darren Evans is aiming for a third consecutive state crown this fall. The Scout.com four-star prospect has collected a number of scholarship of offers and has a handful of schools at the top of his list...

Indianapolis running back Darren Evans (6-1, 210, 4.6) said he favors Mississippi State, Louisville and Ohio State. He claims to have written offers from Louisville, Mississippi State, Indiana, Purdue, West Virginia and Oklahoma State.

"I really like Mississippi State," said the Warren Central High School star. "I have family that live about an hour away from the school. I've talked to Coach (Sylvester) Croom and Coach (Guy) Halliday a lot. They e-mail me and text me all the time. They are good friends with all my high school coaches. They've told me they really like the way I play and are excited for me to come down and check out the facilities. I plan on going down during Spring break to check things out.

"I also like Louisville. They were the first one's to come in with an offer. I've talked with Coach (Greg) Nord and Coach (Jeff) Brohm. They said I could make an early impact there. I like the way they run their offense and how they use a lot of guys that are my size.

"Ohio State has been recruiting me hard. I don't have an offer from them yet, but I've talked to Coach (Jim) Tressel and he said I should expect an offer soon," Evans said. "I've been to the campus and the stadium before for a couple of games and I just like the whole feel of the school. I also like how Ohio State takes care of their kids and makes sure they all graduate. I am confident I can come in there, work hard and compete.

"Notre Dame is another school I'm looking at. I talked with Coach (Charlie) Weis a while ago, but haven't heard much from them lately. I really like all the tradition there. They are one of the oldest programs in the country."

Evans said USC and Michigan are also recruiting him. "It's just an honor to get noticed from schools like that," he said. "I haven't talked with any of them at all, but I have received some mail from them. USC sent a letter inviting me to their junior day and summer camp. I haven't been to USC at all, but I went to Michigan's junior day. I would love to get an offer from both schools. If either one offers, they would be in my top five.

"With any school, I want to know that I have a chance to play early," said the Scout.com four-star running back. "I don't want to sit around on the sidelines until my senior year. I want to make sure they take care of me. I run the ball hard and I like to win.

"I know I'm not as mobile as other running backs, so that makes me work twice as hard. I get up every morning and workout before school, trying to increase my strength and speed."

Evans said he hopes to make his decision during the middle of his senior season after he takes some official visits. "The decision is 90 percent me, 10 percent my family. Of course they want me to stay close, but they just want me to pick the school that will make me the happiest."

Final junior (14-1) stats: 2148 rushing yards/39 TDs; three-time state champions

Bench: 350/Squat: 425/Power Clean: 265

Evans reports a 2.5 core GPA/April first time ACT.

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