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Darren Evans almost decided against making the trip to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech senior camp earlier this month. He ultimately decided to make the trip and, as they say, the rest is history. Warren Central’s (Indianapolis, IN) standout running back is now a part of Virginia Tech’s 2007 recruiting class and is happy about it.
“It’s kind of like a blessing that I did decide to go because obviously I wouldn’t be in the position I am now. I’m glad I did go,” Evans said.
Heading into Virginia Tech’s camp, Evans already boasted offers from Colorado, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State and Purdue. Wisconsin, a school Evans was high on at the time, seemed pretty close to offering as well. The 6-0, 210-pound back decided to give Virginia Tech a look and made the most of the opportunity.
“I think I did real good,” Evans said of his camp performance. “I ran a pretty good 40. Of all the guys that were there I think I was one of the biggest. And I caught the ball real good and ran real good. I just did my best and I guess coach Hite liked what he saw. He told coach Foster and coach Wiles that he really liked what he saw. From there they watched tape on me and then they offered me the next week.”
It didn’t take long for Evans to accept the offer. Even though Tech may have been slightly farther away from home than he expected to go, he was so impressed with what he saw in Blacksburg that he decided to commit on Saturday, July 15th.
“I didn’t really want to be real far away from my family,” Evans acknowledged. “But they’ve been supportive through the whole thing and that kind of led me to do what I did. They’re supportive now, so it really doesn’t matter. They just want me to go somewhere I wanted to go.
“I just liked what I saw at Virginia Tech. I liked the tradition. I liked the coaches. They’ve sent running backs in the NFL. It just felt right when I was thinking about it. It just felt like something I needed to do. I know this is going to be the right decision and don’t think there is another school out there for me.”
Evans hopes to duplicate the success he has experienced in high school once he gets to Virginia Tech. Having only played on the varsity level for two season, he has produced consecutive 2,000-yard rushing...
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