Warren Central's Evans May Attend OSU Camp

Indianapolis Warren Central running back Darren Evans was on the Ohio State campus in May for the Nike Camp. Evans has a number of scholarship offers already. But he said he may come back to OSU for the summer camp in hopes of getting an offer from the Buckeyes. Click here for more.

Ohio State already has a verbal commitment for 2007 from Piqua, Ohio, running back Brandon Saine. But the Buckeyes could be in the market for one more back in this class.

One potential prospect who could fill that bill would be Indianapolis Warren Central's Darren Evans.

Evans (6-0, 207, 4.6) attended the Nike Camp at Ohio State in early May.

"I like the campus and I like Coach Tressel," Evans said. "He is real nice."

Ohio State has not offered Evans. He may come back to OSU in June for a camp session, however.

"I am thinking about going to the Ohio State camp," he told mississippistate.scout.com. "Coach Tressel talked to my Dad and he said that if I came to their camp it would be a good evaluation time. They can see where I am at and see how close they would be to offering. That's one of my top schools.

"I have heard they have offered some other guys (running backs) and had some guys commit, so that is another thing I am looking at. I love to compete. I compete every day, but I know they have Maurice Wells and (Antonio) Pittman now, so I don't want to go and they switch my position. I would rather not do that. But Ohio State is Ohio State."

Evans reported offers from a wide range of schools, including Louisville, Arkansas, Indiana, Purdue, Mississippi State, Marshall and Oklahoma State. He is also considering OSU, Notre Dame and Michigan.

"I am just looking for the right school," Evans said.

He shared some of his summer plans: "We have plans on going to Arkansas and we have are going to hit three schools in three days, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. I am thinking about official visits to Mississippi State and Washington. Those are two spots I want to hit for officials."

Evans will be a three-year varsity starter in 2006. As a sophomore in 2004, Evans rushed for 2,248 yards and 27 touchdowns. As a junior, Evans rushed for 2,148 yards and 39 touchdowns as Warren Central posted a 14-1 mark and repeated as the state champions.

"I work hard and I just try to do as much as I can for the team," he said. "I know I'm not as mobile as other running backs, so that makes me work twice as hard. I get up every morning and workout before school, trying to increase my strength and speed."

Evans is one of several talented players at Warren Central, including tight end Adrien Robinson, defensive lineman Jeff Boyd and safety Jerimy Finch.

"We think we should make it to the state championship," Evans said. "We do believe we can win it again."

Warren Central coach Steve Tutsie discussed Evans' abilities with mississippistate.scout.com.

"Whoever gets Darren Evans is going to get that special back," Tutsie said. "You always have the break away guy or the big back, but I think Darren is the total package. The thing that people don't know about Darren is that he has great hands, but we don't throw the ball to our running backs. There is a reason he has been a back-to-back 2,000 yard rusher.

"To do it once as a sophomore is impressive, but oh, my goodness to be able to do it when everyone in America is keying on you is very impressive. Darren is the kind of guy that will run over you, but he has extremely good balance. He is an open field runner. He will make people miss."

In an interesting side note, Evans is related by marriage to Warren Central sophomore basketball standout Walter Offutt, who is already committed to Ohio State for 2008.

"Every day I see him in the hallway, he's like, ‘Are you going to Ohio State?' " Evans said. "He always wears Ohio State sweatshirts and points to it."

Evans benches 350 pounds and squats 425. He holds a 2.4 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT.

Click the link below for Evans' Scout.com database page, which contains video links of Evans in action.

Darren Evans Database Page

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