Although there have been some misunderstandings with offers at Dallas Skyline, outside linebacker Victor Evans knows exactly where he stands with SMU.
"The coaches were really up front at junior day. They said they are really interested in me and want me to be a part of the program," he said. "Coach (Jason) Phillips is a wild dude. Every time I see him, he's all pumped up about the program. But I haven't talked to him recently or anything like that so I might go down for a visit later this spring."
That visit could possibly be with teammate Ty Barrett, a four-star offensive lineman who also holds an SMU offer. Both players are dominant at their respective positions and could make immediate impacts on the Hilltop.
While Barrett is still unsure how he feels about SMU, Evans lists his hometown program in his top four along with Baylor, Texas Tech and Tulsa.
"One of the main reasons that SMU is one of my favorites right now is because they truly care about your academics," he said. "The school says you have to pass, but they make sure you do more than just pass. Some of the coaches care more about passing than the actual players. It's important that they care so SMU is a good school and it's close to home. That's why they are up there.
"The facilities area really nice and so is the campus. I've played on the field many times in the last few years. It's a smaller stadium so that's nice. I just liked the environment there, and I could see myself playing there."
On his next visit, Evans would like to reconnect with Phillips as well as speak with defensive coordinator Tom Mason. At 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, Evans is a hybrid player who fits best at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme but can also hold his own with his hand in the dirt.
Wherever, he lines up, Evans is sure to be a playmaker.
"I feel like I can fit in great fit in SMU's 3-4 because if I'm at outside linebacker, I'm fast, and I can get to the quarterback with no problem," Evans said. "I've been playing defensive end for a while now so I already know the keys and the techniques so I can ball out and make plays there too."
This offseason, Evans has been adding more muscle to his athletic build and hopes his hard work pays off in the fall.
"I had a lot of fun and I was able to show what I could do (at the Nike Football Training Camp)," Evans said. "Now, I just have to keep working harder this spring. We work out a lot as a team. We even do it together on weekends, and we're focused on winning state."
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