2011 Intro Samquan Evans

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- After another dominating season, Samquan Evans was named the PAC 6 Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Northwest Region Team by the Winston-Salem Journal.

"He's exceptionally athletic, strong, instinctive, smart kid," Carver head coach Brent David said. "[He's] very explosive. I think the thing that makes him such an exceptional defensive lineman is his instincts. I've been coaching for about 12 years and I've coached high school and college; and he's really the first defensive lineman that I've had the opportunity to coach that's instinctive, like a skill guy… And I noticed it his freshman year – even without being coached, he knows how to read blocks and get off blocks. He has extremely long arms and with his center of gravity, it helps him to get separation, get off blocks, and make a lot of plays."

Evans, a 6-foot-1, 275-pound defensive tackle, ended the season with 75 tackles, including 40 for a loss and 19 sacks.

Evans' abilities forced David to change his defensive front from even (four linemen) to odd (three or five linemen).

"We can gain an extra guy with a kid like Samquan," David said. "I've always been a ‘40' front guy – whether it's a 4-4, 4-2-5, 4-3. But with him, you can play an odd ‘50' look – with a zero-nose and [the opponent is] going to have to double-team him either side. So the defense gains an extra guy. And some teams may even have to triple-[team] him."

Evans said facing double- and triple-teams has been a challenge. "It's hard," he said. "You have to keep fighting until the play is over."

Last season, Evans saw some time on offense at fullback in short-yardage situations. He was mostly used as a blocker, but he did have one carry.

"He's very physical, he loves contact, very explosive, intelligent – you tell him one time who to block and he knows exactly who to block," David said.

David expects to expand Evans' role on offense this coming season. Evans will continue to play fullback, but he'll see more snaps and even carry the ball more.

Outside of football, Evans participates in baseball, track and field, and wrestling for Carver. He recently concluded his wrestling season with a 9-2 record, while competing in the heavyweight division. This spring he'll play first base on the baseball team and compete in the shot put in track.

Evans is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but he has attracted significant interest from Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina.

A few weekends back, Evans attended Clemson's Junior Day. He plans to be in Chapel Hill for UNC's Junior Day on March 27.

In addition to working out with a personal trainer this summer, Evans plans to camp at both Clemson and UNC.

If Clemson were to offer him, Evans believes he'll likely verbally commit.

"Clemson is my favorite school," Evans said. "I just like that Orange and White. I sort of grew up a fan."

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