Second Time Around

A year of post-graduate school is hopefully paying off for a Virginia offensive lineman, who is making trips and getting this year's video out after completing play on the field this fall.

Taylor Evans, who just wrapped up a 6-2 year at Fork Union Military Academy, visited West Virginia for the Cincinnati game, and he liked what he saw on his first trip to the WVU campus.

"The visit was just great," he said. "The fans, the stadium, the whole environment was excellent. I had a great visit, and got to talk to some of the coaches before and after the game."

One of those was offensive line coach Dave Johnson, who also received Evans' just completed video package from his prep year at FUMA. In addition to highlight clips, the video also included longer stretches of games, in order to give a more complete picture of his play. That's a common request from coaches, who like to see not only the best a player has to offer, but also get a look at performance over the course of a game.

Evans believes he will soon hear back from WVU on a scholarship offer, once the coaches have a chance to review the tape from this year. He's also hearing from Connecticut, Tennessee, Syracuse and Delaware, and is planning more trips now that his season is complete.

"I'm still waiting on offers, but they just got my tape, so I am not worried about that," he said of the recruiting process. "We have a combine at Fork Union on Dec. 7, so I am working out so I can have a good showing there," he related. "I'll just keep working to do what I can."

As a senior at Broad Run (Va.) High School, Evans earned all-league and all-area honors as a senior, but despite good play and qualifying NCAA grades and test scores, he didn't get the scholarship offers he was looking for. He then decided to play a year at Fork Union, in the hopes of attracting better offers.

"I went to Fork Union because Coach Shuman is a legend," Evans explained. "He has helped a lot of players develop, and at Fork Union, I got to play against a lot of good talent – Division I talent. We played several college teams, and I got to go against great players in practice every day."

At Broad Run, Evans had initial interest in West Virginia, but by the time recruiting connections were made during his senior season, the Mountaineers had already filled out their quota of offensive linemen. However, with the extension of his prep career, Evans and WVU have reconnected, and as a result he's back on the prospect board this year.

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