Monday, December 12, 2005

Football Recruiting

The Jackets pick up a nice running back prospect in Jamaal Evens, from the state of Texas. He's the #23 overall prospect in the state. Rivals has him as a 4-star player and the #4 all-purpose back in the nation. They also have him in their national Rivals250 at # Scout lists him as a 3-star player. Evans is not a typical Gailey power-back - he's about 5'7", 180lb. He also has mixed results on his 40-times, ranging from 4.4 - 4.66, so it's unclear his real speed. He is known to have very good football instincts. His video shows a good ability to change directions and angles and a good burst. He's a very shifty running. He had back-to-back 2000+ yard rushing season as a sophomore and junior. Evans was also recruited by Ok.St, Iowa St, LSU, Minn, UNC and others. Coach Modkins personally recruited Evans.

You want some comparisons? In terms of size and running-style, some include Jerry Mayes and Warrick Dunn. One article said that his running style was very similar to Barry Sanders, in that he has a strong ability to change directions and create something when nothing is there. That's certainly high praise indeed.

Jamaal will be in class January 15 2006, although he will count towards the 2006 class, not the current one.