NJ QB/DB on SU's Radar

It's difficult to imagine that many players have enjoyed the surge in recruiting attention that Josh Evans has. The multi-dimensional athlete from Irvington, N.J., has picked up one offer after another the past several months


It's difficult to imagine that many players have enjoyed the surge in recruiting attention that Josh Evans has. The multi-dimensional athlete from Irvington, N.J., has picked up one offer after another the past several months, many from top-echelon programs. Syracuse, though, got in on Evans before the rush. Could it help the Orange's chances with him?

The answer is yes, according to Irvington High coach Darnell Grant.

"They were one of the first to recruit him … They're still a possibility," said Grant. "I think he just talked to coach [Derrick] Jackson last week."

Evans, who passed for 1,100 yards, rushed for 900-plus, had a hand in 31 touchdowns and picked off six passes last season, has seen his popularity boom as word of his exploits has spread. The speedster has received 35 written offers, including Florida, Miami, West Virginia and Tennessee, among others. The reason?

"Speed," Grant said. "He's not small. He's every bit of 6-2 and 185 pounds and he runs a sub-4.4 40. And he has tremendous ball skills … Great kid off the field" as well.

He's being recruited mostly as a cornerback and safety, though some schools see him playing on offense. He's taken unofficials to the Florida schools, but Grant said not to read into that any Southern bias by Evans.

"I wouldn't say that," he said "Josh is an elite kid. He knows he can play wherever he goes. He's got a lot of options and a lot of things come into play. It's going to be about the fit and how he feels at the school."

Grant said Evans, whose team opens this weekend against Union (N.J.) will likely take three official visits before making a decision. It remains up in the air where those visits will be, but SU is a possibility, Grant said.

"At this point it's too early to tell," he said.

Stay tuned to Scout.com and Syracusefan.com for the latest on Josh Evans …

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