Things have picked up drastically the last few weeks for 2015 South Florence offensive lineman Zack Evans. Fresh off an MVP win over the weekend he picked up his first scholarship offer as well. We caught up with the 6'3 270 pound prospect to talk about it all in this update.
"Primary is just offensive line because I can play all five positions on the line. In games all I play is tackle. But in practice and at camps I play guard. I feel more comfortable playing guard than anything else."
Evans earned offensive lineman MVP at All-State Combine over the weekend. He also picked up his first offer as well.
"Limestone offered me. It kind of relieves the pressure a little bit, but I'm still looking for the FBS or FCS offers. I think I'm capable of playing on the D1 level."
The 2015 prospect talked about some of the schools he's hearing from currently including a few that he's already visited.
"I've visited Furman and North Carolina. I'm also having pretty serious talks with Wofford."
"Furman is a beautiful place. The best thing about Furman was the coaching style. They were efficient. Coach Smouse (offensive line coach) has a unique way of getting his players to play at their highest potential."
"UNC was okay. The thing I liked most about UNC was their blocking scheme, it was basically the same as the one at South Florence."
Evans talked about Wofford as well considering
"I haven't visited Wofford yet because they just contacted me last week. I talked with the offensive coordinator, Coach Lang, for about an hour, and the offensive line coach, Coach Nash, for about 30 minutes."
We asked Evans who he felt like his next offer might be coming from and he said he feels it may be Furman because "they are really interested."
With some in-state schools already in the mix Evans says there are plenty of other schools he'd like to hear from in the near future regarding his recruitment. He shared a lengthy list of some of those schools.
"I want to hear more from some of the bigger FCS schools like James Madison, Coastal Carolina, and like the top dogs of the FCS and maybe mid to lower level FBS schools like Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Appalachian State. Georgia Tech is another school I'd love to hear from. I would love to go to any FBS school though. Those are just examples I'm open to hearing from anybody who wants to recruit me."
The 6'3 270 pound prospect talked about the strengths and areas he wants to improve regarding his game right now.
"My biggest strength is my physicality. Staying on blocks down the field. I love being the one who delivers the blow rather than take it!"
I'd like to work to improve my strength and footwork. They are good but there is always room for improvement."
The 2015 prospect talked about some of the goals he's set for his team and himself come next season too.
"With 9 starters coming back on the offensive side and going 12-1 last year it is either state championship or bust. My personal goal is going to be making the Shrine Bowl and signing with a D1 college."
Evans says he really studies and patterns his game after one particular player in an order to learn and get better.
"Ever since my freshman year I look up to Jake Long's blocking style. His style astonishes me because he never takes a play off and he blocks until the whistle blows all four quarters of the game. He is also clutch and makes the most important blocks at the most important times."
The South Florence standout says getting a good education, early playing time, coaching staff, and atmosphere will be big deciding factors for him when choosing a school.
"I think that I'm going to hold off as long as I can. If I get picked to the Shrine Bowl around week 6 of the regular season, I'll wait until after that. But if I don't then the earliest I will commit is mid-December."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Evans as his recruitment continues to pick up steam so keep it right here for more of the very latest!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...ZACK EVANS
Bench press: 295 pounds
Squat: 470 pounds
Power clean: 280 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 5.1 seconds
Evans earned Morning News preseason All-Pee Dee Team, Morning News postseason All-Pee Dee Team, and HSSR 4A Division II All-State Team, WPDE Chevy Endzone All-Zone Team, Ranked 8th offensive lineman in The State newspaper, Region 6-AAAA All-Region
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