‘I was ready to walk to Indiana’

Sophomore quarterback Ty Evans threw for 3,150 yards and 31 touchdowns last year. His big arm has caught the attention of several college programs, including his dream school, Notre Dame. The Irish dropped by his school last week.

Notre Dame’s quarterback of the present is secure in Brandon Wimbush.

The same goes for Irish quarterbacks of the future in Ian Book, incoming freshman Avery Davis and commitment Phil Jurkovec.

Now Notre Dame is looking beyond those four, with a handful of offers out in the sophomore class and even more targets in play. Count Ty Evans of Monument, Colo., among that group. Notre Dame already does after Todd Lyght visited Palmer Ridge High School last week during a trip to the state that included a visit to sophomore quarterback Luke McCaffrey at Valor Christian.

In the case of Evans, the recruiting process would go both ways. Because as much as the Irish are interested in the 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete, Evans’ interest in Notre Dame goes well beyond that.

“Coach Todd Lyght came down to my school on Monday and from what I heard from my head coach Tom Pulford, they had a great conversation about me,” Evans said. “Coach Lyght invited me out to South Bend in June to tour their campus and for a camp.

“When my coach told me they wanted me out for their camp, I was ready to walk to Indiana if I had to,” Evans said. “My dad said, ‘Ty, of course we’re going. When Notre Dame invites you to go to one of their camps, you don’t say no. You say yes before they change their minds.’”

Notre Dame football is tradition for the Evans family.

“While I was being born, my parents were watching ‘Rudy,’ so Notre Dame football has been a part of my life since day one,” Evans said. “I grew up watching their games and remember laying back throwing the ball in the air during commercials and dreaming of putting on that gold helmet.

“I had the chance to visit their school when I was in sixth grade because my sister was getting recruited by them for volleyball. Notre Dame has always been a dream and goal for me.”

Evans competed at an Army All-American Combine this off-season and word got out on his performance. The sophomore has been getting attention from some top programs ever since.

 “The first schools to reach out to me were USC, FSU, Washington, Georgia and North Carolina,” Evans said. “Before that combine, no one knew who Ty Evans was.”

So far in his recruitment, Evans has been receiving consistent interest from a handful of schools.

“Up to this point, Colorado State has been very interested in me, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and apparently, Notre Dame now,” Evans said.

The academic bar is high at Notre Dame, which is part of the Irish appeal.

“I have a 3.3 weighted GPA right now and I’m working my tail off,” Evans said. “Finals are coming up, which I can’t say I’m excited for, but I’m trying to boost my GPA, yes sir. Throughout my whole life, I’ve been interested in advertising, so I’m going to go into Business and Marketing-Advertising.”

Evans has envisioned his response to an Irish offer.

“Notre Dame is one of the select schools, in my mind, if they offered me when I went up there in June, I’d take it on the spot,” Evans said. “I was talking to my mom and she said that when I was born, she said, ‘finally, another Notre Dame football player.’”

Evans’ childhood trip to South Bend gave him a clear idea of what he wanted his future to look like.

“It’s great for a kid from a small town like mine in Colorado being able to go to South Bend and play the sport that they love,” Evans said. “When I went out there to tour the campus, it just clicked in my head, ‘this is what I want to do. This is where Ty Evans is supposed to be.’”


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