Phoebus (Hampton, VA) CB/WR Reid Evans is one rising senior to watch this season. Though he has yet to land a major Division 1A offer, the 5-11, 170-pound prospect feels primed for a big 2007 campaign. He is coming off a junior year performance where he made 9 interceptions including 7 over the last five games. He added three touchdown receptions.
“I can’t wait for this season,” Evans said. “I have prepared myself real good. Last year, I wasn’t in the weight room at all. This year, I haven’t missed one day. I’ve been training and pushing myself hard. I have more experience. I’ve improved my speed and my strength. Last year, I wasn’t coming up and smacking the hit on the runner when I tackled. This year, I come up and make the hit. My footwork is getting a lot better. I’m breaking to the ball better. I’m catching the ball better.”
In addition to playing cornerback and wide receiver, Evans returns kick-offs and punts as well. He certainly doesn’t mind seeing extensive action.
“I can’t sit on the sideline,” Evans said. “I want to be in the game. Defense is fun to me. I love third downs because I know the other team has to throw the ball most of the time. Plus, on defense there is going to be contact.”
Evans’ senior year will be only his second at Phoebus. He grew up in Hampton, but moved to El Paso, Texas, for the first two years of high school. He moved back before the beginning of last season and worked his way into the starting lineup.
He is hoping a productive senior season will lead to major Division 1A offers.
“I’m waiting for this year to be over before I do anything with a decision,” Evans said. “Some people are already committed. I want all of the colleges to see what I can do this year. I’m keeping my options open. I’m not down to anything. My options are open to the fullest.”
This summer, Evans attended summer camp at Virginia Tech in hopes of gaining more exposure. He felt the experience went well.
“I didn’t do too well in the testing part, but I tore it up in the one-on-ones,” Evans said of his Virginia Tech camp performance. “They said I was under consideration and they said they would come to one of my games this year.”
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