SANFORD, N.C. --- North Carolina is one of six schools to offer Desmond Evans, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound defensive end from the 2020 class. The Lee County High product has made three visits to Chapel Hill.
"He's a high-motor player," Lee County assistant coach Foster Cates said. "He plays with a lot of energy. He's long, he can run, he has great change-of-direction, he's athletic -- he's a difference-maker."
As a freshman this past season, Evans started at defensive end on a team that went 12-2.
"This summer -- and I'm sure he has gotten taller, I haven't measured him -- but he was 6-6, 200 pounds at 13 years old playing high school football," Cates said. "A lot of people don't realize he played the first three games of the year at 13 years old -- so he should be in the eighth grade."
No matter, Evans finished with 56 tackles and 10.5 sacks -- but he could have easily had more.
"There were a lot of times where he'd get there first, but somebody else would get [the quarterback for the sack]," Cates said.
Although just a freshman, Evans has six scholarship offers -- Appalachian State, Charlotte, East Carolina, Kentucky, North Carolina, and NC State.
"I think his range and his wingspan is probably what's catching so much attention, but I think how he changes direction and runs is why he's picking up so many offers," Cates said. "I haven't seen anybody's film that's like him. I obviously haven't coached anybody that's like him."
UNC was the second school to offer Evans (Kentucky was the first). The Tar Heel offer was extended just prior to the JMU game, last September.
"I was going into Coach Fedora's office. We sat down and he talked to me. He was telling me all the right things to do. A couple of seconds later, he was like, 'I would like to offer you a scholarship to play for me.'
"I was really happy, because it felt really good to get an offer at my age."
Evans returned to UNC three weeks later when the Heels played Virginia Tech in a hurricane. He was back on campus in January for the Tar Heels' first junior day of the 2018 cycle. During the latter visit, Evans was introduced to UNC's new D-line coach, Deke Adams.
"He's a cool dude," Evans said of Adams. "He was joking around with me the whole entire time."
Besides UNC, Evans has visited NC State and Virginia Tech.
Evans also plays basketball for Lee County. He averaged 20 points this past season... Evans grew up a UNC basketball fan.