Mahtomedi TE Troy Evangelist Draws Interest

Troy Evangelist, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound tight end and defensive end from Mahtomedi (MN) High, emerged as a prospect on the Gophers' watch list as he led the Zephyrs to an 9-1 record and a Classic Suburban championship title. They lost to South St. Paul 30-6 in the Class AAAA Section 3 Finals. Evangelist was named second-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, second-team All-State by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Vikings first-team All-State. We talked to him recently.

Troy Evangelist caught 20 passes for 321 yards and five touchdowns this season. He had 30 tackles as a defensive end with five sacks and one fumble recovery.

Head coach Wally Malstrom has nothing but good things to say about one of his captains.

"He is very athletic. He is a good receiver who does a good job at fighting off blockers. He makes acrobatic catches. He is very likeable and led our team in sacks."

Evangelist said that his strengths are blocking and catching the ball.

Purdue, which had received a commitment from Waconia tight end Joey Hiben, only to see him later commit to Notre Dame, has expressed interest in Evangelist and requested that he come for an official visit in December. However, they wanted to "greyshirt" (pay his own way to school for a season before coming a scholarship player), so he decided to cancel the visit.

Ohio State and Michigan coaches called and Buckeye assistant Dick Treseel visited the school.

Columbia made an in-school visit and has done a financial plan with his family. He visited the campus this past weekend and have offered him their equivalent of a scholarship (Ivy League schools do not give out the regular sport or academic scholarships). Four of their coaches have met with the family and they have told Troy that he is their number one recruit and would play as a freshman.

Several other schools have shown in Evangelist.

Michigan State is expected to get back to them next week regarding scholarship availability. Buffalo and North Dakota State have offered a full scholarship. Colgate, an Ivy League, has offered their equivalent of a scholarship. South Dakota State University is coming to see Evangelist and Illinois has interest.

Evangelist has set a tentative date for an official visit at Buffalo for this upcoming weekend.

Minnesota has not offered him a scholarship, but assistant coach Moe Ankeny calls him on a regular basis and has mentioned scholarship possibility.

Evangelist is the Mahtomedi basketball team captain this season. He is the Zephyrs' lone double-figure scorer as he is averaging 14.5 points per game. Evangelist has scored in double figures in 10 of the first 12 games with a season-high 22 points against Brooklyn Center. The Zephyrs finished 8-19 last season, losing to North Branch in the Class AAA, Section 6 first round.

Evangelist scored a 27 on the ACT and has a 3.6 GPA. He is unsure of a possible major, but electrical engineering is a possibility.

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