DB One of North Fla.'s Best

The University of Miami has been unsuccessful in landing Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White's standout defensive back each of the last two years. Dee Webb and Dawayne Grace each picked the Gators over Miami in what turned out to be heated recruiting battles.

This year, the heat will be on for two-way standout Bryan Evans, who many believe will be the best of the three.

"Dee and Dawayne were great players here and I think they've both got real bright futures ahead of them but Bryan may turn out to be the best of the bunch when it's all said and done," former Ed White coach Dan Disch, who is now an assistant coach at the University of Florida, said on signing day when he was still at the high school. "He's got exactly what you look for in a defensive back prospect."

It all starts with speed and at 6-feet and 177 pounds, Evans has plenty of it.

"My best 40-time is about a 4.39," Evans said. "I've been timed at 10.68 before in the 100m. We got districts coming up so you'll see what I can do."

The talented defender had over 50 tackles and five interceptions as a junior last season and while playing running back on offense he gained over 700 yards.

"I can play anywhere on the field that my team needs me," he said. "Running back, receiver, corner, safety, kick return, it doesn't matter. I just go out there and make plays."

Evans, who carries a 2.8 GPA in the classroom, likely projects as a cornerback at the next level.

"I have the size and speed to match up but I also like to hit," he said. "That makes me different. Some guys don't wanna mix it up. I love to hit people."

Evans is already garnering national recruiting attention and it has resulted in several schools offering a scholarship already.

"I have some offers," he said. "Florida has offered, LSU, Maryland, West Virginia, and a couple other ones. I just wanna help my team this year and I think that'll all work itself out."

The standout defender is already hearing how he's likely going to sign with the Gators.

"Some people act like it's a done deal or something," he said. "The thing is, I ain't never been there before. I might not like it. I was never a fan of Florida growing up. I'm from Georgia so I rooted for them. I'd put Miami in my top three too."

Evans talked about seeing his former teammates pick the Gators in the end, over schools like Miami.

"I know they both liked Miami a lot from the beginning but some people don't wanna compete with all the talent they have there," he said. "I'm not saying that's why they picked Florida but I'm sure it's a reason a lot of people turn away Miami. I love competition. I feel like I can compete with anyone in the nation so that's why I like Miami -- they'll have that type of competition there."

Evans said he's hoping to receive an offer from UM sometime this spring.

"I have been getting letters from them and one said how they're watching me closely as one of the top players in Florida," he said. "When they came up here last spring they noticed me and I guess they never forgot about me."

Evans, who declines to mention a favorite, plans on attending TheInsiders.com/MSL Combine at UF this weekend and then the NIKE Camp in Atlanta next month.

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