Evan Kraky Update

The 6'3", 200-pound QB with 4.55 speed is on pace to become Pennsylvania's all-time career passing yardage record holder this year.

The first part of this article appeared as a premium update on September 17. Today's update appears at the end of the article.

Evan entered the season with 5,782 career passing yards. He would need to add 1,561 yards passing this season in order to surpass Ron Powlus' current record of 7,342 yards. His high school, Lakeland High School in Jermyn, Pa., plays 10 regular season games this year. That necessitates an average of 156 passing yards per contest in order to break the record during the regular season.

Lakeland is currently 3-0 this season. If all goes well, Lakeland would play an additional 2 district playoff games, and, if victorious, enter a 3 game state playoff.

"Playoffs are looking pretty good," Evan said. "We just beat Valley View and they were the top pick in our division."

In that game this past weekend, Evan threw for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran for an additional 2 touchdowns. Evan is starting to get into the flow of the season. He threw for 113 yards in his first game and another 164 yards in his second game.

He also plays free safety on defense.

"It's a lot of fun," he said. "I like defense because you get to hit people, but I'd rather play quarterback in college."

He has just one offer from Buffalo at this time. Virginia, Florida, Boston College and West Virginia are some of the teams recruiting Evan the hardest.

"Virginia and Florida told me this summer that they were going to come up and see me play. I don't know if they have yet or not. They were talking about coming up this past week, but I don't know if they did. Florida told me to send them film as soon as I get a game that I like. I might pick the Valley View game. I threw one interception, but the kid made a good play."

He attended camps this year at Virginia and Pitt. His favorite school right now is Virginia.

"I like Virginia. Coach Musgrave is a real nice guy. He's the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. I like him a lot. He said they're very interested, and that they just need to sit down and look over the tapes and everything to see what's best to run their offense. I liked the campus down there too. It was real nice. I'd say Virginia, Florida, Miami, Boston College and LSU are my favorites. I just want to go somewhere where I can get some playing time for 2 years or so and expect a good education."

Evan does have family ties to Penn State.

"I liked Notre Dame and Penn State growing up. My uncle, Chris Clauss, played for Penn State in the 80's. He was a punter."

Penn State, however, has not extended a scholarship offer to Evan.

"No, they didn't offer. I know they were looking at me for defense too, but they didn't offer. They were recruiting me up until about the middle of the summer, but not anymore. I guess they're not taking a quarterback this year. Coach Anderson told me that. They said that if anything comes up where they would need to take a quarterback, they'll get back to me."


10/11 Update

Lakeland High School is now 6-0. Since one of those wins came as a result of a forfeit, Evan has played in just 5 games thus far, and not full games at that.

"I've played 3 games into the 4th quarter and that's about it," he said.  "The other games, I've come out after one series on offense in the 2nd half."

Evan currently has 6,512 career passing yards, and needs just 831 more yards to break the record. His team has 4 regular season games remaining against some of the lesser teams in the league. Lakeland is also poised to advance into the playoffs, which would obviously increase the likelihood that the record will fall.  Last season, the Chiefs won 2 playoff games before losing in the State Quarter Finals.

Buffalo is still the only team that has offered Kraky, but he also being courted by Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Boston College and now Marshall.  Evan still lists Virginia as recruiting him the hardest.

"Virginia invited me down for a game.  I think I might be going down there for a Florida State game on the 20th (of this month) for an unofficial visit.  I was at Maryland this weekend for their game against Virginia.  They invited me down there.  Florida called and wanted me to send down senior film, so I sent them film of my games against Valley View and Scranton Prep.

"The coach from Florida will probably be calling tomorrow.  He [Dwayne Dixon, WR's coach] usually calls every Thursday.  Coach Musgrave of Virginia calls every Saturday evening.  Coach Franklin of Maryland calls once in a while.  I'd still say Virginia [is recruiting him the hardest].  Coach Musgrave says that he wants to come up and see me play in person.  I get a lot of letters from Boston College.  He hasn't called lately though.

"Last night I got a call from Marshall.  They seemed real interested.  He wants me to send down a highlight film and some game film to him.  They said they're looking for an athletic-type quarterback."

Nothing has changed with regard to Penn State.

"I talked to Coach Anderson about a month ago, and he said they're not taking a QB.  If anything changes, they'll give me a call."


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