After winning back-to-back state championships, Indianapolis Warren Central high school does not have much to prove. Then again, a three-peat would etch its legacy just a little deeper within Indiana high school football lore.
The Warriors have sent many of their players to the college level, and Darren Evans will be continuing that tradition when he graduates.
The 5-11, 200-pound Evans plays fullback for Warren Central, but that is mostly due to its option attack Warren Central employs where the fullback is more of a weapon than in most conventional offensive schemes. At the college level Evans will likely make the transition to the tailback position.
So far this season Evans has rushed for 13 touchdowns, but he seemed a little disappointed with his contribution to date.
"Teams have really been focusing on me," Evans admitted. "Dexter Taylor has been getting most of the yards."
It is not surprising that Evans presence has helped his quarterback find a few extra cracks within an opponent's defense. Last year Evans was somewhat an unknown and wrecked several defenses by himself as a mere sophomore. Defenses will have to pick their poison come playoff time as both Evans and Taylor are big play threats.
Recruiting has already begun for Evans. He took an unofficial visit to Michigan this past July 30. It was more of an academic day than anything else, but Evans liked what he saw.
"It was good," Evans said of his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor. "I liked it."
Several other schools are also recruiting Evans as well.
"Mostly Big 10 schools, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame," Evans said of the schools already sending him mail. "I'd like to look more into Wisconsin. They've sent me a few letters."
The Midwest programs are not the only ones trying to catch Evans' eye.
"I have some stuff from Oklahoma, Louisiana State…Florida sent some letters," he said.
Remember the name Darren Evans. He will be a household name before long. And remember the name Jeremy Finch as well. He will be one the top free safety recruits within the class of 2007. He also plays for Warren Central.