September 17, 2010

OL Evans commits to the Black Knights

For offensive lineman David Evans, he doesn't come from a high school program that is deep in football tradition and if you were to ask him about his school, he would be quick to say that he attends a relatively small school.

However, what can't be debated is the story line on Evans himself. Simply put, he is a football player and he has the football pedigree that is ideal for the style of offense that Army runs.

The 6-foot-3, 270 pound Evans has developed a passion for Army football and the West Point tradition. To the extent that the young man, who lives approximately three hours north of the West Point campus is starting to become a permanent figure around campus. Well, that is not completely true of the prospect out of Sauquoit (NY) Sauquoit Valley High School. But this summer he was part of the West Point Leadership program and most recently he took an unofficial to Army this past Saturday as the Black Knights hosted Hawaii.

Evans is a Black Knight

So Army fans will now have to get use to seeing Evans around town, who was offered in early September and he gave his verbal commitment to become a Black Knight last week.

"Coach Tripp was very excited and positive about my decision, as was I," says an enthusiastic Evans. "He was very positive and said I still have to go through the application process and he's looking forward to seeing me next year as a Black Knight."

As far as Evans is concern, he already is a Black Knight and felt the pain of Army last second lost to Hawaii last weekend.

"It was an outstanding game, but heartbreaking," he says. "It was cool knowing that these are the guys who I will be playing with. I really paid attention to their style and how they played. They really want to win and that's the kind of program I want to be part. My parents and I were in the stands and next to some cadets … we were cheering right along with them."

Evans, who is being recruited as offensive tackle could also play guard at the next level.

In addition to football, he makes his presence felt on the basketball court where he is the starting center for Sauquoit Valley. When asked if he could dunk, Evans just laughed. "We are a small school, but I'm sure I can with a running start."

You can add track to his athletic resume, where he participates in the shot put in track. "I run the 100M every now and then … when the coach wants to punish," showing off his humorist side once again.

Although he has no other offers at this time, Evans indicated that he is anticipating things to unfold with Dartmouth, Harvard and that UConn is coming to his football game on Friday. Even with interest elsewhere, Evans is quick to reiterate his passion for the Black Knights and West Point.

"I really like Army … I like where the program is going, the school, the setting of it and the discipline of it," he declares. "And the facilities are the best of any that I have ever seen."

"Attending their Summer Leader's seminar -- it was awesome. I love the people on campus when I was there."

Evans maintains a 97 average and stated that he plays on majoring in pre-med, kinesiology, sports medicine or orthopedics.

When asked to discuss his style of play, Evans confirmed that what he does well is an ideal fit for what head coach Rich Ellerson wants from his offensive linemen. "I love run blocking, I'm more physical than finesse," he states. "Army's style suits me well … it's more of an attack style offense, but I also know how to pass block."

Oh yeah, you can rest assure that Evans will be around the West Point neighborhood taking in his future dwelling place. "I'm looking to take in another game and official visit … I know I'm coming down for the Army-Air Force game." congratulates David Evans for becoming the newest member of the Long Gray Line.

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