For the 2013 class, offensive lineman Josh Thomas is the headliner. However, several Eagle players are getting college interest. One player hoping to gain more interest is linebacker Brendan Everage. For the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, 2012 is a big year for him.
Everage missed nearly the entire 2011 season after he fractured his foot in five different places early in the season and had to have his foot completely reconstructed. Now that he's healthy, he hopes to catch the attention of college recruiters. He's well on his way if his play in the recent Red Bull Gamebreakers 7v7 Qualifier earlier this week is any indication.
Everage helped the Eagles win the tournament, earning an invite to play in the national tournament later this summer. He's spent most of his summer playing 7-on-7 football but had a chance to make a camp in Houston and has plans to attend another at Louisiana Tech.
"I've been to the Houston camp and I'm going to the Louisiana Tech camp coming up," he said. "I did really well (at Houston camp). They have a recruiting coach who has been talking to me a lot. At the end of the camp they told me that they wanted a highlight tape on me and they said they would keep in contact."
A starter on the Eagle varsity since his freshman year, Everage was obviously discouraged by his injury setback in 2011 but he's aiming to get the full attention of colleges this fall.
"I got a lot of letters but I missed my whole junior year so that's messed some things up, I played three games all of last year," he said. "This year I'm just going to do the best I can."
With Josh Thomas getting interest from several schools including TCU, Everage said there were plenty of coaches that came by. Although he himself didn't meet any TCU coaches, it's definitely a school he has a high interest in.
"Yes, I'd love to hear from TCU," he said. "I had some friends that went on a visit last year to see them and they took me with them and I loved their campus and everything. I went to a game last year and watched their bowl game. I like their quarterback a lot too (Casey Pachall), #4, I like his style."
Everage says he would like to stay close to home but also knows he may not be awarded that opportunity since his recruitment is still new.
"I want to stay close to home really but I missed my junior year so I know it's going to be hard for me to recover but I'm going to try my best. I'm willing to go anywhere," he said. "I want to hear from everyone honestly."