A Fellow New Yorker

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was born and raised in Brooklyn. But will those roots help him land another product of the area, standout defensive end Maurice Evans?

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Christ the King defensive end Maurice Evans, 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds, has the potential to land on the Scout.com National Hot 100 in 2005. Evans currently holds four scholarship offers from the likes of Penn State, Virginia, Maryland and Syracuse.

"Penn State offered me late in January," Evans said. "Virginia actually offered me first, they offered early in January."

Evans has taken junior day visits to Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia and Maryland.

Penn State: "It was nice at Penn State it's a quiet town, a football town," Evans said. "They have a really nice campus; it's just a real nice area there."

He also had a chance to talk to Happy Valley's most famous Brooklyn native, PSU coach Joe Paterno. So did Paterno push the Brooklyn angle?

"Not really," Evans said. "He told me where he was from and we talked a little bit about it, but not much."

Syracuse: "I liked it there, there were a lot of kids from New York."

Virginia: "They were my first offer, It was really amazing, I really can't describe it."

Evans is intends to take another unofficial visit this weekend.

"I'm planning on going to Maryland," Evans said.

Although he currently lists Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland, Penn State, North Carolina, Miami and Notre Dame among his early leaders, one school could drastically change the landscape. This program could well put them all out of the mix.

"Florida State, that's my dream school." Evans said. "The first college game I ever saw was a Florida State game, plus they wear the same colors as we do."

Evans #45 attempts to bat down a pass

In 2004, Evans earned second-team All-City and second-team All-League honors. He was also honored by the CHFSL as one of the top players in the Catholic League.

Evans #45 Gets Vertical


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