Interest is picking up for an emerging lineman in North Carolina in offensive tackle Thomas Evans. The Franklin, N.C. prospect hasn't landed a scholarship, but is getting serious looks from across the region.
"He has no official offers yet, but quite a bit of interest," Franklin head coach Josh Brooks said. "He's had contacts from East Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Tennessee and Clemson.
"He's been to junior days at Duke and East Carolina and was very impressed with those."
Evans wants to stay close to home according to his coach.
"He doesn't want to go a long way from home," he said. "He's a family-oriented kid that lives with his mom and spends time with his grandfather. His grandfather played in the NFL and at Florida."
In terms of his skill on the field, Brooks believes Evans is a win-win.
"He's a no risk kid," he said. "He's going to graduate, go to school, study hall, hit the weights and be at practice. He's a positive influence with a 3.7 GPA.
"He's been a two-year starter for us on the offensive line and defensive line. He's very aggressive; a hard-nosed kid that plays extremely had and is a very strong kid. He was all-conference for us, a leader in the weight room and on the practice field. He just does a great job all-around, there are not many like him.
"The thing that sticks out about him is his work ethic. That is few and far between. You can't get players to work like he has since he's been a freshman. His attitude is tremendous."