The Sleeper of WSU's recruiting class

SOMETIMES HE COMES from an under-recruited area. Sometime he plays in the trenches, where the limelight is often hard to find. Sometimes he comes from a small school. In recruiting circles, there's a "sleeper" in every class. Six-foot-7, 290-pound Brandon Evers is our pick for the sleeper of Washington State's 2014 class of recruits. Here's why ...

He's from Redding, California.

Sure, it's in the talent-rich Golden State. And, yes, I-5 goes right through town.

But Redding is way, way off the beaten path of college recruiting. For one, the city isn't big, at around 90,000. And there's not much around it, aside from forest land on three sides.

The nearest major metropolitan area, Sacramento, is 150 miles to the south.

In short, Redding is much closer to Klamath Falls, Oregon, than it is to the recruiting meccas in the Bay Area and Los Angeles Basin.

So while California overall is a recruiting hotbed, Redding is not a regular stop for most coaches.

Evers is expected to sign a letter of intent with Washington State next week and he'll do so with just one other known FBS scholarship offer, from San Diego State, on his dossier.

But look a little deeper, and there's a whole lot CougFans will like about this Enterprise High product.


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First and foremost, he's smart. He's an honor student, and before moving to the OL, he played quarterback and flex tight end. For an offensive lineman, that translates to high marks when it comes to leverage, angles and anticipation.

Then there's his frame. While already physically imposing at 6-7, 290, (some say he's 6-6 but regardless) he easily could fill out at around 320 at Washington State.

In addition to his size, he has surprising agility -- and long arms -- that portend excellent pass-blocking skills.

"He's a very consistent, solid kid," Enterprise head coach Darren Trueblood told CF.C in December shortly after his team had captured the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title. "He's smart in the classroom (4.3 GPA) and on the football field, a real no-nonsense type of kid who has done great for us."

This past season, Evers was named all-Eastern Athletic League, all-Northern Section, Cal-Hi All-State medium-sized schools on the offensive line, and second-team all-NorCal by MaxPreps on the defensive line.

He was the lone Northern Section player to be named first-team All-NorCal. Forty-six players made the team, mostly from the Bay Area and Sacramento regions.

Here's a clip of Evers towards the end of last season after he led his team to a big victory and was named Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week:

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