Class of 2005 Prospect - TN QB Ty Evans

Lexington (TN) High School quarterback Ty Evans (6-foot-3, 205-pound, 4.95), who has attended numerous camps this summer, has received a lot of recruiting attention since May 1st.

Ty Evans Profile

Ty, who has the size and arm strength that coaches like in their quarterbacks, knew after the first few days of the May evaluation period that he was a quarterback college coaches were interested in.

"I received calls from Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Vandy, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and Memphis," said Evans.

Not one to sit back and wait for things to come to him, Evans, whose goal is to play on the Division-I college level, began making the rounds of the college camp circuit. And he did it in a big way.

"I started out with Ole Miss, then I went to MTSU," said Evans. "From there, I went to Arkansas State and Christian Brothers College in Memphis. The next week I went to Vanderbilt and Tennessee. The weekend after that, I went to Mississippi State and Alabama. The last camp I went to was Memphis. I think I'm going to Auburn and Arkansas in July."

While at the camps, Evans received feedback that told him he has a solid chance to reach his goal.

"I've had all the coaches tell me that they enjoy watching me throw and they all said I throw it well," said Evans, who has attended up to three camps in one week. "They thought that I looked good for a quarterback. They also liked my strength. One of the coaches also told me that I spin the ball well."

With one scholarship offer on the table from Murray State University, Ty is also hearing very encouraging news from two other schools.

"Middle Tennessee, if they take a quarterback, told me I will be the first quarterback that they offer," said Evans. "(Memphis) is scouring the nation for quarterbacks, but before they go anywhere else, they prefer to get one out of their home state. And they said I'm their guy."

Middle Tennessee and Memphis are two schools that Evans is very interested in. He said he is also interested in three others, Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

He explained what he likes about each of those five schools.

Alabama and Tennessee:
"At Alabama, as soon as I got there, I was overwhelmed. Everything was right there for you. That is one thing I like about a college, the athletic program is kind of centered and you don't have to go off campus trying to get from place to place. Their facilities are incredible. (Alabama) and Tennessee are both top of the line (facilities-wise). I like the indoor (facility). That is a big deal to me. I also like Alabama's tradition. I really liked Coach Shula. I also really like Sparky Woods, who recruits this area. I also got to know (quarterback) Coach Rader and really like him."

Mississippi State:
"I really like their new coach. I like the fact that he is starting new and is going to have (his program) his way. He is still going to remember Mississippi State of the past, but he told us that it is his team. I just like Mississippi State, period. I'm not going to say they are my number one choice, but they have been up there. I'm not the kind of guy who has to go to the biggest school like a Miami. I kind of like the smaller towns."

"I have a lot of family in Memphis, so I've kind of grown up going back and forth (to Memphis). I'm very familiar with them. I like their coaching staff. Memphis might be a good fit for me as far as playing. DeAngelo Williams, who won't be there if I go there, is setting the bar for guys that come in after him."

Middle Tennessee State:
"I love their quarterback coach. He really made an impression on me when I went to their camp. I fell in love with Mufreesboro. I also liked the campus and the population."

With two more camps to attend - Auburn and Arkansas - in July, look for more recruiting news on Evans in the very near future.

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