Indianapolis, Ind. — On Friday night, the class 6A top-ranked Ben Davis welcomed sixth-ranked Avon for the latest of what have been many great battles. This one turned into another instant classic, as both offenses put on a show combining for 824 total yards, 37 first downs, and 91 points. In the end, Ben Davis came out on top 49-42.
Ben Davis' senior do it all athlete Chris Evans is considered one of the most dynamic players in the Midwest, but for the four-star Michigan commit was held in check most of the night gaining 36 yards on 17 carries. However with his team trailing 42-35 in the fourth quarter and in need of a big play the 5-10, 195-pounder answered. In what turned out to be a hightlight play he took a simple screen pass and 50 yards to the end zone to tie the game with 4:40 left.
“I felt like I was in a box like everybody was following me,” Evans told The Michigan Insider. “I felt like I was closed in, so as I got loose on that play, I felt free and made a big play.”
Evans also finished the night with four receptions for 66 yards, most coming on that dazzling touchdown catch and run. While he didn’t put up the big numbers, he found satisfaction in the most important aspect of the game, the tough victory.
“It was a great win,” said Evans. “From a senior stand point, we came together and kept fighting. We had a heart to heart in the locker room and stayed together.”
On the opposite side, his Michigan commit counterpart Brandon Peters showcased his big arm going 26-44 for 381 yards with four passing touchdowns and one rushing score as well. The Orioles gun-slinger competed till the very end, which was something that didn’t shock Evans.
“We actually played travel basketball together like AAU when we were little, so we kind of like came together around fourth or fifth grade,” said Evans. “We have just been there since then and I saw his competitive nature and really liked it. He came ready and showed that again.”
Before committing to the Wolverines in June, Evans was thought upon to be a candidate to pledge to the Buckeyes or Irish, but he reaffirmed after their victory his intentions to stay with the Maize & Blue.
“I’m all in for Michigan," said Evans. "Even if Ohio State or Notre Dame offered me it is not going to change my mind. I haven’t set (official visits) up yet, but I know which schools I will be going to. I will go to Michigan, Purdue and Indiana.”
With Evans fully invested in the Wolverines, the coaching staff is excited to get him on the field either offensively or possibly even defensively once he gets to Ann Arbor.
“They are saying I have the opportunity to play as a freshman and they are going to play me at either corner or slot,” said Evans. “They just like my athleticism. It doesn’t matter to me (where I play). I feel like where ever I adapt very well and work hard on my weaknesses, so I think I can play anywhere.”
“I talk with Coach (Jedd) Fisch and he tells me he loves my athleticism and what I can do on the field and wants me on the offensive side, but the defensive back coaches are saying the same thing and want me on the defensive side. It is kind of both ways.”
Just like all Wolverines fans, Evans is very excited to watch his future team take the field in a few days and has high hopes for Jim Harbaugh’s first game.
“It is going to be a hard fought game against Utah, but I think having a great NFL coaching staff, Michigan will pull it out,” said Evans.