Vols offer Florida DB

One of talent-rich Florida's top cornerback prospects has a scholarship offer from the University of Tennessee.

Bryan Evans is a 5-11, 177-pound junior at Edward White High of Jacksonville. Blessed with 4.45 speed over 40 yards, he starred as both a running back and a defensive back last fall. Offensively, he averaged better than 10 yards per carry (66 rushes for 733 yards). Defensively, he intercepted five passes, returning one for a touchdown. He also ran back four kicks for TDs en route to all-conference recognition.

Evans already has scholarship offers from UT, Florida, LSU, Maryland and West Virginia. Because he's a bit small for a college tailback, he probably will be a receiver or cornerback at the next level.

''I'm not sure where most colleges want me to play,'' Evans told Allen Wallace of TheInsiders.com. ''I like the challenge of playing at defensive back, but some schools also want me for wide receiver. I'm not sure I'm big enough to play running back. It seems like you have to be over 200 for that.

''But I like to hit and I can cover. I can stay in my backpedal. I like my backpedal technique because I can watch the ball better.''

Like recent Vol defensive backs Rashad Baker and Jabari Greer, Evans also is an accomplished track man.

''I'm pretty fast (10.68 in the 100),'' he said. ''I'm not really being recruited for track, though. A lot of people from Jacksonville are fast. I don't know if I'll be able to go to camps this summer because I'll be running track.''

LSU currently has a slight lead over Florida State, Florida, Miami, Tennessee and Georgia in the battle for Evans' services.

''I like LSU a lot -- not just because they won a national championship,'' Evans said. ''They play real physical and they find a way to win games.

"As far as Florida State goes, I've always just liked Bobby Bowden for some reason, and my parents used to watch them. I like the team's prestige and their tradition and their rivalries. I just like everything about them I guess.

''Miami has the athletes and they know how to win. I also really like Tennessee. I used to watch Jamal Lewis.''

Evans has a 2.6 grade-point average but has not yet earned a qualifying score on the SAT.


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