McEvoy ready for Junior Day, position switch

The Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) standout is heading to Rutgers' Junior Day on Saturday. He holds five offers and made a name for himself as a receiver and safety, but is changing positions heading into the offseason. Where will he play, what is he doing to prepare for the change and what are his thoughts on it? Find out those answers and more here.

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) athlete Tanner McEvoy's recruitment may be about to change, and not only because the focus on juniors is about to intensify.

McEvoy already holds five offers from schools, including Rutgers, where he will visit for Saturday's junior day. He spent the last few seasons as a safety and receiver at Bergen Catholic. However, McEvoy, who lists himself a shade under 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, is changing positions on offense, and it could impact playing defense.

"Most likely I'm going to be playing quarterback, so I'm going to be focused on footwork, and those kinds of things (in the offseason),'' he said. "I played quarterback freshman year, and I practiced at quarterback my sophomore year and junior year. They were preparing for this. I've gone to camps for it, and I really like the position.''

In fact, McEvoy participated in the Elite 11 camp last spring, and performed well. He showcased a strong arm and an ability to grasp concepts quickly, and could turn into a quarterback prospect after being recruited as an athlete by most recruiters.

But is McEvoy and good at the position?

"Honestly, I've never played in a varsity game,'' he said. "We'll find out soon.''

When asked if he was anxious, nervous or excited about the move, he said "you could say all those things rolled into one.''

McEvoy has offers from Rutgers, where his brother, Colin, is a walk-on linebacker. Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke also have offered, but said lately recruiting has been quiet.

He is coming off a strong junior season for Bergen Catholic, where he made 35 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns, and recorded 49 tackles and three interceptions.

However, a loss in the non-public Group 4 state semifinals sent the Crusaders home early.

"It was a good season, and I think we did a lot more than everyone thought we could,'' McEvoy said. "I felt like I could have done more in the playoff game, but I think there's more than one kid saying that.''

McEvoy is unsure how his recruiting will change with his move to quarterback, or whether he will continue playing safety.

"I'm not really sure,'' he said. "That's the coaches' decision. I love playing safety, but that's their call.''

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