Despite a strong junior season at Carson (Calif.) High in 2005, cornerback Mike Evans (5-10, 180) has fallen through the cracks a bit in terms of recruiting because of Carson's poor record last year and the turnover on the Carson staff.
"I think that's a big reason why I'm not getting a lot of looks right now," said Evans.
But if he continues to perform well, like he did at the B2G Elite Football Program last month, the interest should pick up. "Most of the schools that have contacted me said I need to have a good start to my senior year," said Evans.
Michigan State has contacted Evans the most, but he also likes California, Oklahoma and UCLA. Evans said that he didn't have a leader and if an offer came, he probably wouldn't jump on it just yet. "I want to see all of my offers, even if Oklahoma, Cal or UCLA offered," said Evans.
He thought his performances this spring in various camps and combines really helped kick-start some interest. "I went to the UCLA camp and the USC 1-Day Camp and I thought I did really well. I went to the Scout.com Combine also," said Evans.
But it was at B2G that his stock took a turn for the better. "That was real big for me," said Evans. "It gave me a lot of confidence and knowing I can play with the best receivers."
Evans was named the Defensive MVP for B2G, a high honor considering some of the big names that were there. "That was cool to be named the MVP. I didn't expect it," said Evans.
B2G founder Henry Bell also had high praise for Evans. "I saw Mike at the Nike Camp and there was a lot of hype around Antwoine Baker (Jordan) and David Ross (Dominguez). But I thought Mike had the best technique out of any of those guys. He didn't have ultimate confidence in his speed, but it got better each practice," said Bell. "He went against the best receivers and shut them down. He outperformed them. What made me really say Mike was special was Eric Scott (the receivers coach at B2G) raved about him."
Evans' perceived speed could also be an issue that is making college coaches hesitant, running a 4.87 40 at the Scout.com Combine. But Bell said Evans has good game speed. "The kid is not slow," Bell said. "He had four breakups and a 98-yard interception return in the B2G A-Game."
And while Evans continues to work on his speed and strength, he's seeing some rewards. "My bench press is up to 315," said Evans. "My dad is keeping me in the weight room. I enjoy hitting, so I'm getting stronger."
Academically, Evans has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1090 on the SAT