#8 is in the books

For the second time in two days, the Nebraska staff welcomed a commitment into their family. The Huskers are looking for speed up front on defense and it is speed they get with this defensive end. The newest commitment wants people to say his name when they start to run down the great players to ever play at Nebraska on the defensive side of the ball and bring back that Blackshirt tradition.

Emerson Evans is a Husker. The 6-foot-1.5 and 235-pound defensive end from Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor just spoke to the Nebraska staff, including Bo Pelini, to inform them of his decision.

"Yes sir, I just committed two minutes ago," Evans said. "I called Mike Ekeler there to tell him I was committing. He was psyched. He told me that he really wanted me up there.

"Coach Ekeler told me that I was #1 on their board as a pass-rushing defensive end. I was their #1 rush guy. That was great to hear. I then got to talk to the entire staff. I spoke to the offensive line coach, the defensive line coach and the wide receivers coach. I spoke to Bo Pelini, last."

Evans wanted to get his decision out of the way for the season for a couple of different reasons besides Nebraska being where he wanted to go get his education and play football.

"The commitment is a load off of my chest. I just don't have to worry about it anymore. I can now concentrate on my grades and the upcoming season."

Evans is excited about being part of the defensive tradition at Nebraska. The idea of becoming a Blackshirt is not enough. Evans wants his name thrown around as one of the best ever when he leaves.

"Man, it feels good to be part of that Blackshirt tradition. I was thinking about it a lot lately and I want people to say ‘You remember Emerson Evans'. That's what I want."

Evans says that he was told a lot by his position coach, Michael Slater who has since moved on to coach at Rice, that he has a high motor. On the field, Evans says he thinks about that comment and it keeps it going.

The new head coach at Alief Taylor, Trevor White, agrees with Coach Slater's assessment of Evans and even takes it a little further.

"It's his explosion and his quickness. It's both of those things and his motor. Emerson is relentless in his play as a defensive end."

Evans is one of those players that hasn't received a lot of recruiting attention. Not a lot of stars. Not a high position rank. White says that Evans is one of the best he has seen.

"We had a kid playing at Texas A&M who was a very good player for us. There was also another one at Rice. Both of those guys were really good players for us. We even have a guy at Duke.

"Emerson is a special talent. He can dominate a game from his position. He can dominate the line of scrimmage. Those other guys that went on to play in college didn't do that here, but Emerson did."

Evans led his team in sacks last year with 9.5. He was also a unanimous choice as an all-district selection in 18-5A and was also voted by the team to be the Defensive MVP last year.

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