Evans Brothers are a Unique Combination

It is becoming less and less uncommon to see certain high school programs developing their offense almost completely around a strong passing game. But what is uncommon is to see such an offense led by twin brothers, especially ones like Raleigh Broughton's Daniel and Andrew Evans.

Daniel is a 6'2", 165-lb. quarterback, who has become one of the most accurate passers in North Carolina. Andrew is a 6'0", 175 lb. receiver, who consistently makes big plays and provides his brother with a reliable target. And if their last name sounds familiar to NC State fans, that's because it should. They are the twin sons of former Wolfpack great Johnny Evans.

Yes, the same Johnny Evans who played quarterback under Lou Holtz and Bo Ryan in the 70's and became one of the greatest punters in ACC history.

"He's a great influence," said Daniel. "He didn't have to teach us much early on, but since we've been in high school, he's been like our own personal coach. He's just really encouraging."

Over the last several years, however, the Evans brothers have started making their own history and have become a local phenomenon. Last year, they led Broughton to an 11-3 season and the third round of the playoffs. But the real story was how they did it.

Daniel completed 300 of 527 attempted passes for 3543 yards and 44 touchdowns last season and was second in statewide yardage only to Charlotte Independence star Chris Leak. He was also a 2002 finalist for Mr. NCHSAA 4-A Football. Over two seasons, Daniel has completed 485 passes for over 6000 yards and 70 touchdowns, with a completion percentage over 55 percent.

The lanky quarterback is a cerebral drop-back passer who has always liked the classic style of NFL star John Elway, but compares his game more with former University of Miami great Ken Dorsey. He also boasts a career touchdown-to-interception ratio of nearly 3:1, which, according to Broughton head coach Dave Brunner, may be his most impressive statistic.

"Daniel has become a true student of the game," said Brunner. "He understands coverages and makes decisions that a quarterback of his age and experience should not be able to make. He rarely makes a poor decision."

But while Daniel may generate most of the recruiting attention, Andrew has developed into a solid prospect in his own right. Last year, he caught 71 passes for 783 yards and seven touchdowns. Andrew sees himself as a true possession receiver, but coach Brunner believes that he is primed for a breakout year.

"Based upon the summer performance, I expect Andrew to display the most improvement of any player in our program," said Brunner. "He has embraced strength training to the point where he is one of our two or three strongest players. I think he is ready to have an outstanding season."

As far as recruiting, Andrew and Daniel prefer to attend the same college, and if only one should get a scholarship offer, the other would strongly consider walking on. Several Division I programs are showing interest in the brothers, with Wake Forest, Virginia and NC State staying in touch the most, but running with the Wolfpack is high on their wish lists.

"Going to State would be like a dream," said Andrew. "It's close to home, our father played there. It's a place I've always dreamed of playing."

As of yet, there have been no formal offers, but according to coach Brunner, most recruiters see them as potential "offerees" in the late fall/early winter. "I expect that they probably will still be deciding and waiting to see what's available until then," he said.

"Both Andrew and Daniel have progressed tremendously," he said. "They came in as very talented young men, and I expect they'll be successful wherever they go."

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