Evans talks TCU offer
With signing day just under two months away, most programs are already near capacity for their respective classes. In TCU’s case, just over a handful of spots remain for their already impressive 2015 class. The Frogs remain in the hunt for some well-known names; five stars Daylon Mack and Malik Jefferson come to mind. But, just as they’ve always done in the past, the Frogs’ coaching staff does an excellent job of finding late risers. That can be said about Dallas (TX) Hillcrest athlete Arico Evans. Evans was a do-everything player for Hillcrest in 2014. On offense, he played quarterback and accounted for over 2,400 yards and 34 scores. On defense, he was an all-district safety. Most importantly, he helped the Panthers to an impressive 9-2 record. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder had garnered attention from a few schools prior to the season; Arkansas State, New Mexico State and Troy were among the programs that had extended Evans offers. After an impressive senior campaign, Evans added offers from two Big 12 programs in recent days; TCU and Kansas. Evans received the offer from the Frogs while in town to watch them defeat Iowa State 55-3 in the season finale. The rising prospect was excited to receive an offer from a program close in proximity. “It’s amazing to get an offer close to home; your family can come see you play,” he said. “I mean it's close to home but not too close to home where I can be focused.” Outside of the Frogs’ location and prestige on the field, Evans knows TCU does a great job of graduating their players; which is a big factor in his decision. “I know that 90% of the football team graduated from college,” he said of TCU. “Academics matter the most, it really isn't about location.” In addition to his recent offers, Evans has also received recent interest from Arkansas and Indiana. Although the interest took a little longer than most would expect with a player of Evans’ caliber, Evans was patient knowing the attention would eventually come. “I think it's pretty good but I was pretty good with being underrated and slept on because all I had to do was show colleges that I was worth it and they should take a chance on me,” he said. “I knew once I started to get big offers more big ones would come.” Evan hopes to take more visits in the following weeks but hasn’t set up a schedule just yet. He told HornedFrogBlitz.com that he hopes to have his college decision made within the next few weeks. At the moment, TCU and Kansas are standing out. Helping TCU’s cause is current commit Joe Broadnax. Evans speaks volumes about his friendship with Broadnax and says the two talk about TCU often. “We talk about them (TCU) all the time, he's like a brother to me,” he said. “He tells me the coaches will take care of us and the people around the campus love the athletes and would do anything to help.”
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