2009: The 6-5 Running Quarterback

Los Alamitos' Clark Evans is 6-5 and 225-pounds and not only threw for over 2,000 yards but ran for close to 1,000 as a junior last year. He talked to us about his recruitment, his early favorite schools, and what he's looking for in a program...

Los Alamitos (Calif.) quarterback Clark Evans is often compared to Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, a comparison he certainly doesn't mind.

"I hear that a lot, that there are things I do similarly to him and I'm compared to him a lot," said Evans. "I think that's good because he just won the Heisman Trophy."

Evans will be joining Tebow in college in a year, but where it will be remains to be seen.

"I have one offer, from Colorado, they offered me at the beginning of the season," said Evans. "UCLA has showed interest, so has Oregon and Boise State. Some others schools to come in have been Kansas State and Louisville."

At this point, Evans is favoring four: UCLA, Colorado, Boise State and Oregon.

"I want to look at all of my options and make sure I like it," said Evans. "I'll probably take a few visits and go through the process. I want to look at the schools closely." Evans said that no school is the leader but admitted that UCLA was a school he's kept a close eye on growing up. "I've gone up to UCLA a couple of times," said Evans. "The coaches, they want me to come up there and see the new coach. They came by to get my film. It makes it a little bit more interesting with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Norm) Chow. They're both great coaches and both great offensive minds."

At 6-5, 225-pounds, Evans said that he feels his size allows him to play in any kind of offense, but admitted he's partial to the spread. "I'm open to play in any offense that throws the ball," said Evans. "I wouldn't want to go to Air Force where they run the Wing-T. I mean, I like to run the ball, but I would rather throw. We run the spread at Los Al and we went 5-wide a lot last year, and looking to do basically the same this year."

And with Los Al running the spread, the comparisons to Tebow have percolated. "Because of how he plays, and how I play, that we are big and can run, we get compared a lot. There are other quarterbacks I like to watch, too, like Jake Locker at Washington, the quarterback from South Florida (Matt Grothe). I love to watch them play on television and see how they do it. With Tebow, knowing a quarterback who can do both can win the Heisman, that makes it really exciting. And there is a chance for me to play quarterback in college, a chance for bigger quarterbacks who can run a little bit and still throw," said Evans.

Evans said if he had to choose, he'd prefer to stay in the Pac-10. "My parents don't really want me to go that far, they'd like me close to home," said Evans. "I prefer the Pac-10. But the bigger factor is playing time. I don't want to have to wait for three years. I want to go to a school that I could go be in the system and get a chance to be in the mix early."

Evans said he's pretty sure he's done growing, at least in height. "I think I'm done at 6-5. Weight-wise, I think I can get leaner and get faster. I'm at 225. I've been in basketball, but I'm throwing a little bit, too," said Evans.

During his junior year, Evans threw for over 2,300 yards and rushed for 950 yards. He threw 15 touchdown passes and ran for 12 of them.

Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT in the spring.

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