All Mays (Ga.) athlete Jahquez Evans could think about at the time was getting the extra yardage in the open field. Evans had caught a pass in Mays’ state quarterfinal game last November against Lee County (Ga.). He saw defenders bounding closer, but Evans tried to make a move to pick up more yards.
Instead, a defender crashed into his ankle and broke it. The recovery since then has been tough. It’s a contributing factor in why Evans does not have more offers to this point. But he’s nearing full strength, and the time away from the field has given him more time to delve into his recruitment.
Looking back on the injury, Evans (6-2, 180) said he plans to make some adjustments when he’s in similar situations in the future.
“I ain’t going to lie, it hurt a lot,” he said. “But I learned to slide. Run out of bounds, don’t get injured. I don’t want to do that anymore. I was running for 30 yards or so. I tried to cut in, and the two DBs came and hit me from behind. It just twisted. It hurt pretty bad.”
To this point, Evans claims offers from Kentucky, Virginia, East Carolina, Ball State, Coastal Carolina and Florida A&M. Others, such as Virginia Tech and Georgia State, have remained in contact.
“I want family and a feel like home,” Evans said of his school desires. “I really do want to be close to home. I want a program that just fits me. But if a program fits me and it’s not close to home, I’ll take my chances.”
While the Hokies have not offered, they’ve stayed in touch. Assistant coach Zohn Burden visited Mays earlier this spring.
“They came to my school not long ago and said they’d check me out,” Evans said. “I’ve talked to the running backs coach a little bit. That first time wasn’t long, but it was a good conversation.”
Through talking with Burden and doing some research of his own, Evans said he also likes how he could fit into the offense.
“I’m interested, for sure,” Evans said. “They play my style of play. They talked about me maybe playing quarterback, too. He just told me they liked my speed. They want to see me do more at quarterback, so we’ll see.”
Last weekend, Evans visited Georgia State. The proximity to home and the feel he got during the visit were both plusses for the Panthers.
“It was a good visit,” Evans said. “I met a couple of players, met the coaches, saw the locker rooms, talked to players, went to the stadium...
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