NC State Class Breakdown - Quarterbacks

NC State signed one quarterback in the 2004 recruiting class, <B>Daniel Evans</B>. Here, we breakdown the Quarterback position at NC State and Daniel's game in the first position installment of NC State's class.<P> <B>Coming Tuesday - Running Backs</b>

NC State's Current Situation at Quarterback: The Wolfpack has three scholarship quarterbacks currently in the program: Junior Jay Davis, Sophomore Chris Moore, and freshman Marcus Stone, each who will be competing to fill the huge shoes of the graduating Philip Rivers.

Davis and Stone are believed to have the inside track, with most insiders feeling that the freshman could win the starting job. Landing a solid quarterback prospect was a priority for the staff and will likely be the case each recruiting season. Raleigh (NC) Broughton Quarterback Daniel Evans was the last commitment of the 2004 Class for NC State.

Evans Player Evaluation: Daniel put up amazing numbers at Broughton, using a sophisticated offensive passing attack to pick up victories for the Caps. At 6'2 and 165 pounds Evans must put on weight to play at the next level, but he possesses the arm strength and most importantly, the intangibles, to succeed. He's smart, saavy, and makes great reads. He's very accurate from the pocket and can maneuver to create passing lanes when rushed. He has solid footwork and decent speed for a quarterback.

One advantage Daniel will have is that the Broughton system is similar to what NC State implements, and he will come in familiar with the formations and terminology. Because the system is based on timing, precision, accuracy, and smarts (all traits that he possesses), I think Evans could have a nice future at quarterback at NC State.

Daniel Evans Senior Season Stats: Evans completed 272 out of 473 passes for 3,770 yards, 37 TDs, and only 9 interceptions.

What his coach said: "He's an intense and competitive young man who's a great decision maker. He rarely tries to make the wrong play and has a tremendous array of touch on his passes. He has all the intangibles to be an effective Quarterback at the next level." -- Broughton Head Coach Dave Brunner

Quarterback Position Grade/Analysis: (C) --NC State targeted QBs Graham Harrell, Tribble Reese, and Brent Schaeffer througout the recruiting season but missed on each for various reasons. Schaeffer spurned the Wolfpack on signing day, choosing the Tennessee Volunteers at a 10:00 AM Press Conference. Some say that the presence of Marcus Stone on the Wolfpack roster hurt NC State in its quest to land a blue-chip quarterback this season, as other teams informed prospects of his outstanding ability.

Luckily for NC State Daniel Evans was still available, and the Wolfpack extended a scholarship to the prep standout. Daniel had visited NC State officially on the final recruiting weekend and reportedly had a great visit so he accepted the offer and inked with the Wolfpack.

Evans, who's father, Johnny, was an All-American quarterback at NC State, will suit up with no real expectations and has ample time to add weight and learn the system. Daniel is fully qualified and is an outstanding student.

QB Daniel Evans

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