"Spring's going really good right now," Victor Evans said. "We just want to get better every single day. That's the goal for all of us."
It wouldn't be stretching to say that Evans has gotten better nearly every day. The 6-foot-3 defensive end prospect has increased his weight from 212 pounds last season to 228 right now, while clocking a 40-yard dash in the Dallas Skyline offseason program at 4.5 seconds.
"Most of the time, coaches are recruiting me as a defensive end," Evans said. "Some colleges who sent me their forms early, like my sophomore year, have looked at me as a linebacker. But schools that liked me later, it's all defensive end."
"At Michigan State, the coaches are real cool," Evans said. "Michigan State's defense is always a good place for a defensive end. I like the d-line coach [Rob Burton] and the DC, Coach Pat [Narduzzi], he really knows his stuff and shoots you straight. He's not going to feed you a bunch of jive, like a lot of people do."
As for the Longhorns, Evans said simply "It's Texas."
"Everybody knows Texas. It's just that school," Evans said. "Texas is always a good program, and they're always going to get players to come. The coaches there are really cool."
Evans knows one current Longhorn really well. When he broke into the Skyline starting lineup as a sophomore, it was at one outside linebacker spot opposite Texas outside 'backer Peter Jinkens. Evans said he hung out with Jinkens when the Longhorn player came home recently, and said he spent plenty of time with him when Evans visited Texas. He also cited his great relationships with defensive line coach Oscar Giles and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as contributing factors.
But if there's one school on the list that sums up Evans's desire to get better, it's Tulsa.
"The coaching staff at Tulsa is great. It's a terrific place, where they make sure you work hard," Evans said. "Most of the time when college coaches come by, it seems like they sugarcoat it. When they visited down here, they told me what they didn't like about my game, and how they could help make it better. A lot of coaches never say what they don't like."
One of those lessons stuck with Evans, when he came down to a practice a bit late. The Tulsa coaches told him that they wouldn't stand for that, and that he needed to become more dependable, and to become more of a leader.
"I took that to heart," Evans said.
Now, Evans will try to lead Dallas Skyline to the promised land of a Texas State Championship. The Raiders have gone 26-3 over Evans's two seasons on varsity, but haven't been able to make it past the state semis after falling to the eventual state champs in both 2011 (Southlake Carroll) and 2012 (Allen). Evans said the Raiders would be faster on both sides of the ball this year than a year ago.
"Our goal right now is state," Evans said. "It shouldn't be anything less than state. We need to go back and take state this year, so we can leave with a class ring."
While that goal is first and foremost on Evans's mind, he said he'll take the time to evaluate schools and take visits over the summer before making his final decision during the season.