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Fayetteville (W. Va.) offensive lineman Josh Evans is preparing for summer football camp season as he works to gather Division 1 football scholarship offers. The friendly and open Evans talked with about his summer schedule, things he can learn at camps, and the schools currently showing interest.

Evans (6-3, 330 lbs., 5.3) has already attended a Nike camp, where he recorded a 4.8 shuttle time, and tested himself against some other top talent.

"There's no pressure at camp, but you know people and coaches are watching," said Evans, who figures to be one of the top linemen in the state as a senior this fall. "These camps give me a chance to show them how I do against top competition, which I don't always have the chance to do during the regular season."

The level of competition is a concern for those recruiting Evans, who plays in the state's smallest classification (Class A). They want to see him dominate his opponents at that level, but also need him to have a good showing in camps when measured against other linemen from bigger schools that get the chance to face stiffer challenges. It's a common refrain for players from small schools and lower division play, but it's one Evans understands.

"The schools want to see my tapes, but they want to see how I do at the camps too," he noted.

So far, Evans has heard from West Virginia, Pitt, North Carolina State, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, and Marshall. He said Eastern Kentucky is recruiting him the hardest at the moment, but knows that some of the higher level schools are simply waiting for his camp performances. He notes that he has "talked a little bit" with many of those institutions, and is anxious to get his summer started to see where he stands.

"I'm going to the combine at West Virginia on May 21, and I'm also going up to the individual camp there in June," Evans stated. "Eastern Kentucky is really after me to come to their [rising] senior day, and I might possibly go to one or two other camps too."

With WVU as his destination for two camp stops, do the Mountaineers rank high on his list?

"I'd really like to end up at West Virginia," admitted the Fayetteville native, who has been to several WVU camps in the past. "I've learned a lot from Coach Trickett up there."

Evans noted that he picked up many tips and techniques at West Virginia's camp prior to his sophomore year, then used last year's camp to refine and improve upon what he had learned. He still believes that there is much to learn, but he's also confident that the base he has built for himself is a solid one.

At Fayetteville, which runs the single wing, Evans plays offensive tackle, but is likely slated for a guard position in college. He noted that he pulls a great deal in the Pirates' running attack, and is mobile enough to both protect the back side on some plays while getting out in front to lead the charge on others. He's also not concerned about a position switch in college.

"There's not a whole lot of difference between guard and tackle other than the depth you have to get at tackle on pass sets," Evans said. "I think I'll be able to make that adjustment. I might play some guard this year in high school too."

In between camps, Evans is finishing up his baseball season and working out on his own. He said he is concentrating on a lot of flexibility work and trying to increase the pace of his workouts to increase his stamina.

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