Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 48
Size: 6-4, 225
Hometown: (Skyline HS) Dallas, TX
Projected position at OM: Rush End
Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: A consensus 3-star prospect … Rated the nation's No. 48 defensive end by Scout.com … Listed as the 60th-best prospect in Texas by Scout.com … Named first team Class 5A All-State by the Associated Press and the District 9-5A Defensive MVP as a senior … Led all 5A players with 16 sacks to go along with 75 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 17 QB pressures his senior year … Helped Dallas Skyline reach the state semifinals as a senior and sophomore … Coached in high school by Reginald Samples … High school teammate of Ole Miss quarterback Devante Kincade.
Recruiting Competition: Evans had several great offers during his recruitment, including Baylor, Colorado, Texas Tech, SMU, Iowa and Michigan State, but in the end it essentially came down to Ole Miss, Texas and Oklahoma State. When all was all said and done, however, he only visited one school – Ole Miss, despite a late rush by the Longhorns and the Cowboys.
Quotable: ""Why did I choose Ole Miss? The people in the neighborhoods. Just the everyday people in the community. Everyone is so laid back in Oxford. The coaches care about you too. They want you to succeed on the field and in the classroom. I just like the overall environment around Ole Miss. You just get the feeling that you are a par tof a family with a big support system and that was what I was looking for. On my official visit, I bonded with a lot of the players and the incoming freshmen and I feel like we are already brothers. I know we will all battle for each other and that is what Coach Freeze preaches."
Scouting Report: Victor was being recruited as a defensive end by some schools and a linebacker by others, indicating he has the speed to play either. The Rebel coaches liked his explosion off the ball and speed off the edge. He also has the kind of frame that strength and conditioning coaches like to work with – plenty of growth potential with a 6-4 starting point. Comparison? Think a young Kentrell Lockett, who came to Ole Miss as a 6-4, 220-pounder – very similar – and left around 250 pounds. Victor Evans may well be a Lockett clone.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: "Last year, when C.J. Johnson and Carlos Thompson went down to injury, we were very thin at rush end. We were having a hard time manufacturing much pressure from that critical position. We had to shore that up by bringing in at least one young player who could help us remedy that situation. Victor has played linebacker and defensive end, so when we saw him on film, we knew he had the skill set to do what we want to do from that DE slot. We love his motor, we love his speed and we love his character. He fits into our system, our team and our community. We also like the fact that he stuck with us the whole way and never wavered."
Signee Spotlight: Victor Evans
Scout Rating: ***