Nearly a week after winning a state championship, 2014 outside linebacker Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) has one thing on his mind -- winning another one before he graduates.
Evans was impressive all season for an Allen team that won the Texas Class 5A Division I title, finished the season 15-1 and ended the season ranked No. 3 in the final ESPN 25 Power Rankings. The key to success, Evans said, was playing with a chip on a shoulder, whether an opponent was undefeated or winless.
“We felt like we were the underdogs. We always played like we had something to prove,” said Evans, a hard-hitting, 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker. “It made us all play harder.”
In between playing for titles, Evans will have the chance to show his worth to college recruiters during the spring and summer. Evans is unsure which camps and combines he’ll attend for the time being. He has an offer from SMU and has garnered early correspondence from Oklahoma.
“I like the education,” Evans said of SMU. “They’re real strong there, and they have my major. I want to do something with business.”
A first-team, all-district selection, Evans had 76 tackles, seven sacks and three pass breakups and an interception this past season. He also scored two defensive touchdowns.