Brandon Evers was not really a national recruit. His name was not mentioned among the top offensive tackles in the state of California.
But the Redding (Calif.) Enterprise prospect and Washington State commit had an outstanding performance in the state bowl championship this past weekend and established himself as a legitimate steal for the Cougars.
It might have been because of a rival coach that Washington State got to know the 6-foot-7, 275-pound prospect at all.
"It was about week 7 into our season," Evers said. "I'm not a well-known recruit. Nobody really knows my name. All of a sudden, one of the guys in the Northern section who coaches high school football there, we played his team, he made a call up to Washington State and they immediately got my film.
"Within two days they had an offer on the table and I took a visit. I took the trip, I loved it up there, so I committed."
Evers, who also has an offer from San Diego State and said he's considering a trip there in mid-January, loved his visit to Pullman. The coaches were great, he liked how the players interacted and he decided playing there would be the right next step.
"They said no other player has my abilities that fit their system so well," Evers said.
"They said I'm long, athletic, I can pass block and I love the community. They have such a great bond as a team. They believe in their coaches. It's a lot like Enterprise so I felt like home there. I love the coaches and I love the community so I decided to commit."
As for this past weekend, it didn't go as planned. West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade handily defeated Enterprise but Evers said it was all an incredible experience.
"It's unbelievable," Evers said. "No other team from our Northern section has been able to come down here. It was destiny for us. That's what the coaches told us. We came down here and the outcome wasn't there but the effort was - we wanted this. It couldn't end any better other than us winning the game."