Virginia Tech commit Darren Evans , who was named Mr. Football in the state of Indiana for his senior season performance, was selected to and played in last week’s East Meets West All-American game in Orlando, Florida. TechSideline.com caught up with the talented 6-1, 212-pound running back for his reflections on last week.
First of all, Evans was just excited to be making an all expenses paid trip to Florida.
“Just the fact that I was down there and everything was paid for was a lot of fun,” Evans said with a laugh. “It was the first time I had been in something like this. Playing for [East squad Head] Coach [Don] Soldinger, who was the former running backs coach at Miami, was a big honor. I started in the game. The whole thing was real big for me.”
In the game, Evans rushed nine times for 35 yards as the East fell to the West 35-25.
“I think I did pretty good just because there were real good people from all over,” Evans said. “I knew there were guys on the other side going to Texas and schools like that, so I knew I needed to step up my game a little more. It was a little bit different from my high school career. I wish I could have done a little bit more in the game, but it was fun to see how good I am. I saw how good I was and what I need to work on for the next level.”
What conclusions did Evans come away with from the week?
“I know I just want to get a little quicker and just make reads faster,” said Evans, who ran in the I-formation and a one-back offense for the East. For Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN), Evans ran out of a Wing-T formation. “I want to get a little faster and make my moves better. Other than that, I think I did pretty good. My speed matched up pretty well with other running backs and defensive players.”
Evans will make another trip in the coming weeks, as he heads to Virginia Tech on January 19th for an official visit. He says he “can’t wait” to get down to Blacksburg to “talk to the players and see what’s up.”
He remains very firm in his decision to attend Virginia Tech.
“I really couldn’t picture myself going anywhere else after talking more to the coaches,” Evans said. “Coach Soldinger told me he would talk to Coach Hite and say how well I worked down there.”
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