Defending Your Territory

We have reported to you all the uncommitted recruits that Stanford coaches have been visiting and calling the past few weeks to close out this class, but you never hear about the trips and conversations that have continued for previously committed recruits. Why pay attention to kids already in the fold? Because if you don't, someone else will snag your prized catch from you, as was quietly attempted recently with top tailback Jason Evans...

While Stanford fans were on the edge of their chair almost two weeks ago, fingers gripped desperately around their mouse clicking the refresh button feverishly on their web browsers for the latest breaking David Marrero news and confirmation, they had nary a clue that the Cardinal's first running back recruit was being courted once again by the top college programs in the country.  Marrero did not call to inform either the Stanford or Notre Dame coaches of his closely guarded final decision until the morning of Friday January 24, but as early as that Thursday word spread like wildfire across the Internet that a Stanford announcement was at hand.

So Oklahoma got on the horn that Thursday and called Kennesaw, Georgia to reach out for a final push to claim prized tailback Jason Evans.  Thursday night, Texas A&M hit the Evans household in the hopes that they could steal the back who once held them as one of his top three schools.  By Friday Penn State, Vanderbilt, Florida and Notre Dame were ringing the phone off the hook, with the Domers trying multiple times to sway the 6'2" elite back to South Bend.  Notre Dame of course was hoping to refill their newfound shortage at running back after losing Marrero, the first commitment they received in this class back in July, but Evans wasn't buying.

"He's happy where he's at right now," comments his father, Terry Evans. "Jason is about as laid back as you can be right now.  There was no value for him in any of the calls.  His mind has been all made up, and he's not listening."

The thought at the forefront of the minds of these salivating schools was that Stanford's furtive recruitment of Marrero might set Evans free.  If the Internet world was not prepared that Stanford might pick up this second running back as a commitment, perhaps Jason Evans would be surprised and feel slighted enough to bolt?  Quite to the contrary, Terry Evans tells The Bootleg that the Stanford coaches told Jason and the family all about their intentions and desires to get Marrero as a second back in this class, and kept the family abreast of developments throughout the fall and winter. As soon as they received the famed Marrero commitment, both Buddy Teevens and David Kelly were on the phone talking to the Evans family to keep them informed, while continually reiterating the importance that Jason holds in this class.  But what might surprise you is the excitement which the Evans family hold toward the Florida back's Stanford decision.

"Jason is very excited to have David on board," Terry Evans explains.  "You just can't go to the table with one [running back] these days.  You need a slew of them.  And Jason and David are different kinds of kids.  Jason is bigger - a slasher and every down guy.  David is a home run hitter who can break the big play from anywhere on the field.  Stanford is blessed to have both of them."

Jason Evans is already hard at work for the 2003 Stanford football season, fully cognizant of his opportunity to play early.  The Kennesaw senior has been training at the nearby Velocity Sports Performance facility, lifting and running to get bigger, stronger, faster.  A couple areas of focus are explosion off the snap of the ball, while also lifting and eating to add a little more size to his frame.  Today weighing in at 188 pounds, Evans would like to play at 200 pounds in college.

As an addendum, recruitniks may note that of the aforementioned schools making late pleas for Jason Evans to come on board, Florida was the one school who had not offered Evans last year in the first wave of his recruitment.  Add the Gators to the long and already illustrious list of offers for this nationally prized back.


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