Pearson Is Back And Ready To Make Some Noise

Highland DE Evan Pearson (6-6, 240) is fully recovered from a back injury and ready to help the Scotties this fall...

"I injured my back last year in camp, so I sat out and healed up," Pearson told recently. "I didn't need surgery, so that has helped me heal up faster. I just rehabbed it, lifted a lot this offseason and got it stronger and now I'm back and ready for a good season."

Pearson enjoyed a solid prep career in his hometown of Lawrenceville, Georgia, but he was unable to qualify for a scholarship, so he decided to head the JUCO route in order to get his academics in order and to continue playing the game he loves.

"I just love to play football and coming here, it just was the right move," Pearson said. "They were really the only one that showed me interest, but they made me feel really comfortable and I loved the staff, so it just felt right."

One thing that Pearson has worked on this offseason is improving as a run-stopper.

"I needed to get stronger and that's what I've worked on the most, but I've also been working on my technique and my hands and stuff and that should help me this fall," Pearson noted.

As far as recruiting is concerned, no offers have been forthcoming, but he has been hearing from quite a few BCS programs including Arizona, Miami, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Kansas among other FBS programs.

"They all want to see me this fall and see that I've recovered and they probably also want to see how my academics are coming along," Pearson said.

He is on pace to graduate in May, but there is an outside shot at him finishing things up in December and he will have three years to play three following the 2014 football season.

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