IRVING, Texas - The season has definitely not gone the way that all-purpose back Jamaal Evans wanted it to go for his Irving team, but the 5-foot-8, 185-pound four-star prospect has still managed to put up 1,347 yards on the season and nine touchdowns.
Those numbers from both this year and last year are what has made Evans one of the more highly recruited prospects in the state of Texas. He has options galore such as Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Minnesota, and North Carolina who have all offered. Nothing will be rushed as the No. 4 rated all-purpose back in the country will be taking all five visits before he decides anything.
"There really isn't a favorite right now because I haven't taken my trips yet," Evans said. "So, after I get those done then I'll talk about favorites. I've got Iowa State set up for Dec. 9 and I'm planning on taking another one to Georgia Tech on Nov. 25. I'm also supposed to go up to Oklahoma State this weekend for an unofficial visit to watch them play Texas."
Many schools who were not involved earlier in the process cannot ignore the top Lone Star any longer. Irving coach Jim Bennett says he just got a call from a big SEC school yesterday.
"Florida called up and I know a host of other schools are coming in now asking about him," Bennett said. "He's not close to committing or anything, so he's very wide open to all of the possibilities out there."
A favorite team may not fly out of his mouth, but there are several schools that he wants to visit for good reason.
"Coach Tony Alford from Iowa State has been recruiting me and he's just such a great man," Evans said. "I talk to him once a week and we text message back and forth. Oklahoma State also has a great coaching staff. I could come in and help reload that team."
With two games remaining in the season and playoffs not a possibility anymore, Evans wants to finish strong.
"It's about pride now," he said. "I've had a great career here at Irving. We had a lot of adversity this year and a lot of stuff happened. Things completely changed from the beginning of the season. Now, we're going to go out and have some fun.