When class of 2011 cornerback Kyle Evans (5-10, 160, 4.5) from Inglewood, Calif., he knew he would be compared to his four-star Notre Dame bound wide receiver older brother, Shaquelle Evans. He was adamant to be his own man and make his own name.
"When Kyle first came out as a Freshman," Inglewood recruiting coordinator Khalid Ali said. "He let everyone know that his name is not Baby Shaq or Lil Shaq. He simply stated, 'my name is Kyle'."
"Kyle didn't talk much, but made a lot of noise and was named MVP of the JV team as a freshman," Ali said." Last year he started every game at cornerback for us. He also did a good job as a Kick and Punt Returner."
"We had to play a game without Shaq last year after he was ejected the prior week for excessive celebration," Ali said. "Shaq could not attend the game but the Notre Dame coach Brian Polian attended and barely got a chance to sit down before Kyle returned the opening kickoff 90 yards."
"Kyle's play as a sophomore garnered him some attention from a number of schools," Ali said. "Last week Polian was on campus watching Kyle go through a number of agility drills and Arizona State and UCLA have been by also. So far we have been getting a lot of good feedback."
"Coach (Inglewood high school head coach) Mincy is quite fond of him and believes that Kyle's ability to pick up on things quickly will help him grow into a top notch ballplayer," Ali said . "He will play on both sides of the ball and also handle returns for us this fall."
As a sophomore, Evans accounted for 28 tackles and one sack.