Recruit Tracker: Chris Evans

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28Sep 2015
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Recruit Tracker: Chris Evans

Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis running back Chris Evans

October 16, 2015: Ben Davis beat Indianapolis (IN) North Central by a score of 41-10. Evans sat out the game with a minor injury. Ben Davis is 5-4.

October 9, 2015: Ben Davis beat Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central by a score of 28-22. Evans had 21 carries for 198 yards, including 72- and 56-yard touchdown runs; he also had 1 catch for -3 yards. He now has 128 carries for 750 yards and 10 touchdowns, plus 37 catches for 482 yards and 3 scores. Ben Davis is 4-4.

October 2, 2015: Ben Davis lost to Carmel (IN) Carmel by a score of 35-21. Evans had 18 carries for 78 yards, plus 8 catches for 63 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown. He now has 107 carries for 552 yards and 8 touchdowns, plus 36 catches for 485 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ben Davis is 3-4.

September 25, 2015: Ben Davis beat Indianapolis (IN) Warren North by a score of 35-14. Evans ran 20 times for 58 yards and 1 touchdown, and he also caught 7 passes for 123 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown. He now has 89 carries for 474 yards and 8 touchdowns, plus 28 catches for 422 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ben Davis is 3-3.

Hit the jump for summaries of the rest of his game summaries.

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25Sep 2015
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Visitors: Michigan vs. BYU

Paramus (NJ) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary


2016

Christian Boyd – DT – Muskegon (MI) Mona Shores: Boyd is a 6’2″, 280 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. He also visited Michigan last weekend for the UNLV game. He is a teammate of 2016 wide receiver Hunter Broersma (Western Michigan), cornerback Darece Roberson (Western Michigan), and wide receiver Kobe Burse (Miami-OH).

Kingston Davis – RB – Prattville (AL) Prattville: Davis committed to Michigan in April (LINK). So far as a senior, he has 598 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns through four games (LINK).

Chris Evans – RB – Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis: Evans committed to Michigan in June. You can see how his senior season is going here (LINK).

Rashan Gary – DT – Paramus (NJ) Catholic: Gary is a 6’4″, 287 lb. prospect with offers from almost everywhere. He’s a 247 Composite 5-star, the #1 defensive tackle, and #1 overall. The plurality of his Crystal Ball picks are for Michigan (47%), but Auburn and Georgia are also strong contenders. He is teammates with 2016 wide receiver Donald Stewart; 2017 defensive end Corey Bolds and linebacker Drew Singleton; and 2018 quarterback Allan Walters. There are a lot of connections to Michigan, since redshirt freshman safety Jabrill Peppers and offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty are both from his high school, along with recruiting coordinator Chris Partridge, who coached the Paladins last year. This is Gary’s official visit.

Hit the jump for several more 2016, 2017, and 2018 visitors.

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10Jun 2015
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Scout 300 for 2016 updated

Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis running back
Chris Evans is the #164 player in the country
(image via 247Sports.com)

Scout updated their top 300 players for 2016 (LINK). The last update I posted was in April (LINK).

Movement for Michigan commits:
– Erik Swenson dropped from #102 to #124
– Matt Falcon remained at #147
– Chris Evans appears at #164. I’m not sure where he was in April since he had not been offered.
– Michael Onwenu dropped from #167 to #168
– Brandon Peters remained at #283

The rest of Michigan’s offerees:

5-stars:
1. Rashan Gary – DT – NJ
3. Shea Patterson – QB – LA (Ole Miss)
6. Greg Little – OT – TX (Texas A&M)
7. Nate Craig – WR – FL
8. Caleb Kelly – LB – CA
10. Dexter Lawrence – DT – NC
11. Jacob Eason – QB – WA (Georgia)
12. Levonta Taylor – CB – VA (Florida State)
13. Ed Oliver – DT – TX (Houston)
16. Kendell Jones – DT – TX (Alabama)
17. Mique Juarez – LB – CA (USC)
18. Jack Jones – ATH – CA
20. Michael Menet – OT – PA (Penn State)
21. Kareem Walker – RB – NJ (Ohio State)
23. Tyler Vaughns – WR – CA

Hit the jump for the 4-star prospects.

4-stars:
24. Ben Bredeson – OT – WI
25. Justin Madubuike – DE – TX
26. Devin Duvernay – WR – TX
27. Tommy Kraemer – OT – OH (Notre Dame)
34. Binjimen Victor – WR – FL
36. Lyndell Wilson – LB – AL
38. Willie Allen – OT – LA
39. Marlon Davidson – DE – AL
40. Brandon Jones – S – TX
42. Kaden Smith – TE – TX (Stanford)
43. Charlie Woerner – TE – GA
44. Theo Howard – WR – CA (Oregon)
45. Ben Davis – LB – AL
46. Janarius Robinson – DE – FL (Florida State)
47. Boss Tagaloa – DT – CA
49. Miles Sanders – RB – PA (Penn State)
51. Deontay Anderson – S – TX
53. Jaquan Yulee – LB – VA (Alabama)
54. David Long – CB – CA
55. Jared Mayden – CB – TX
56. E.J. Price – OT – GA (Georgia)
58. Ahmir Mitchell – WR – NJ
59. Jeffrey McCulloch – LB – TX
61. Demetris Robertson – WR – GA
62. Liam Eichenberg – OT – OH (Notre Dame)
65. Lavert Hill – CB – MI (Penn State)
66. Curtis Robinson – LB – CA (Stanford)
67. Dontavious Jackson – LB – TX
69. K.J. Costello – QB – CA (Stanford)
70. Terrance Davis – OG – MD
71. Devin White – LB – LA
73. Trayvon Mullen – S – FL
78. Isaac Nauta – TE – GA (Florida State)
79. Isaiah Chambers – DE – TX
81. Auston Robertson – DE – IN (Michigan State)
84. Collin Johnson – WR – TX (Texas)
85. Austin Mack – WR – IN (Ohio State)
89. Jake Hausmann – TE – OH (Ohio State)
90. Dylan Crawford – WR – CA
92. Ben Cleveland – OG – GA (Georgia)
95. Lokeni Toailoa – LB – CA (UCLA)
97. Scott Bracey – WR – VA (Duke)
100. Jordan Elliott – DT – TX (Houston)
103. Chris Daniels – DT – TX
106. Malik Henry – QB – FL (Florida State)
107. Camilo Eifler – LB – CA
110. Nigel Knott – CB – MS
111. Josh King – DE – IL (Michigan State)
112. Jordan Fuller – CB – NJ
115. Trevon Sidney – WR – CA
117. Sam Bruce – WR – FL (Miami)
118. Jaylon Jones – CB – TX
120. Devin Asiasi – TE – CA
121. Jarrett Guarantano – QB – NJ (Tennessee)
122. Byron Murphy – CB – AZ
123. Mecole Hardman – WR – GA
124. Erik Swenson – OT – IL (Michigan)
127. Jonah Williams – OT – CA (Alabama)
128. Jean Delance – OT – TX
131. Donnie Corley – WR – MI
133. Erick Fowler – DE – TX
135. Steven Smothers – WR – MD
137. Chris Owens – OG – TX (Alabama)
139. Eli Stove – WR – FL (Auburn)
143. Diondre Overton – WR – NC
144. Devery Hamilton – OT – MD
145. Michael Jordan – OT – MI (Ohio State)
146. Andrew Pryts – S – PA
147. Matt Falcon – RB – MI (Michigan)
154. Luke Farrell – TE – OH
155. Xavier Kelly – DE – KS
158. Keyshon Camp – DT – FL
160. Lamar Jackson – S – CA
163. Rahshaun Smith – DE – FL (Clemson)
164. Chris Evans – RB – IN (Michigan)
165. Jamal Pettigrew – TE – LA (LSU)
168. Michael Onwenu – OG – MI (Michigan)
173. Jacob Mathis – TE – FL
177. Naquan Jones – DT – IL (Michigan State)
178. Amani Bledsoe – DE – KS
180. Freddie Swain – WR – FL
181. Cole Van Lanen – OT – WI
188. Demetric Vance – S – MI (Michigan State)
189. Justin Layne – WR – OH (Michigan State)
190. Landon Dickerson – OT – NC
191. C.J. Pollard – S – CA
194. Shaquille Quarterman – LB – FL (Miami)
195. Julian Okwara – LB – NC (Notre Dame)
196. Bryce Mathews – OT – TN
203. Daelin Hayes – LB – MI (USC)
205. Lamar Winston – LB – OR
209. Michael Eletise – OG – HI
212. Naseir Upshur – TE – PA
216. Levi Onwuzurike – DE – TX
217. Antonio Williams – RB – NC (Wisconsin)
218. Damar Hamlin – CB – PA
220. Dwayne Haskins, Jr. – QB – MD (Maryland)
224. Brad Hawkins – WR – NJ
225. Frank Martin II – OT – CA (USC)
227. Patrick Bethel – DE – FL
230. Brian Burns – DE – FL
237. Steffon McKnight – WR – CA
238. Jay-Jay McCargo – OT – VA (North Carolina)
239. Khalid Kareem – DE – MI
246. Calvin Bundage – S – OK
248. Marquel Dismuke – S – CA
250. Eric Cuffee – CB – TX
251. John Broussard – CB – AL (Auburn)
254. Josh Imatorbhebhe – WR – GA (USC)
255. Desmond Fitzpatrick – WR – MI (Louisville)
259. Terrell Hall – DE – DC (Ohio State)
264. Thiyo Lukusa – OG – MI (Michigan State)
265. Wayne Davis – CB – VA
267. Darrian Franklin – LB – CA
269. Carlin Fils-Aime – RB – FL
272. Connor Murphy – DE – AZ
277. Cary Angeline – TE – PA
280. Chase Claypool – WR – BC
283. Brandon Peters – QB – IN (Michigan)
289. Bryson Young – DE – CA
290. Clark Yarbrough – OT – VA (Stanford)
297. Carlo Kemp – DE – CO

8Jun 2015
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Recruiting Update: June 8, 2015

Dudley (MA) Shepherd Hill
tight end Sean McKeon (image
via 

COMMITMENTS
Winchester (IN) Winchester running back Kiante Enis committed to Michigan (LINK).

Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis slot receiver Chris Evans committed to Michigan (LINK).

Prattville (AL) Prattville linebacker Dytarious Johnson committed to Michigan (LINK).

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech offensive guard Michael Onwenu committed to Michigan (LINK).

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2016
Miramar (FL) Miramar defensive end Terrell Lucas was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Minnesota and Tulane. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #67 weakside end, and #1152 overall. Lucas was at the satellite camp in Tampa, and the coaches extended him an offer after evaluating him in person. His film is not particularly impressive, as he looks a little undersized and lacks the explosion I would expect in an undersized weakside end.

Dudley (MA) Shepherd Hill tight end Sean McKeon was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Syracuse, Temple, and UMass, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #64 tight end, and #1489 overall. He claims a 4.69 forty. His highlights show a long, lanky kid who looks a little awkward and gangly, but he shows some toughness and an ability to grind out extra yards after the catch.

Hit the jump for a couple more 2016 offers, a couple 2017 offers, a new 2018 offer, some guys who committed elsewhere, and lots of random bits.

Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan safety Josh Metellus was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 187 lb. prospect who is currently committed to Georgia Southern. He’s a 247 Composite 2-star, the #134 safety, and #1915 overall. He claims a 33″ vertical, a 245 lb. bench press, and a 325 lb. squat. Unless he has hit a growth spurt since his junior season, he’s probably an inch or two under his listed height and weight, but he is an aggressive hitter from the safety position and shows some nice ball skills, too. He was at the satellite camp held just outside of Miami, FL. He is another teammate of 2016 offerees Devin Bush, Jr. and Devin Gil.

Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic cornerback Antwaine Richardson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 165 lb. prospect with offers from Miami, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #86 cornerback, and #867 overall. As a junior in 2014, he made 35 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 10 pass breakups. Richardson is a lanky corner who needs to add weight, but he changes direction well and is pretty physical for being a skinny guy. He attends the same school as 2015 defensive end signee Shelton Johnson.

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Tampa (FL) Tampa Bay Tech wide receiver Daquon Green was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 183 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, and several others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #33 wide receiver, and #210 overall. Green was one of the stars of the show at the Tampa satellite camp. He’s a speedster who can take the top off of a defense and run after the catch.

Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan wide receiver Clevan Thomas, Jr. was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’10”, 185 lb. prospect whose lone other offer comes from Temple. Another teammate of Bush, Gil, and Metellus, Thomas earned his offer at the Miami satellite camp.  Thomas is the son of Clevan Thomas, a former Florida State cornerback (6 career interceptions) who went on to become a three-time Arena Football League Defensive Player of the Year and Hall of Famer (73 career interceptions, 11 kickoff return touchdowns). Flanagan is Thomas’s third school after playing at Miami Jackson and Miami Booker T. Washington.

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2018
Thomson (GA) Thomson cornerback Christian Tutt was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 171 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, and Tennessee, among others. Tutt is obviously a young kid, and his highlights are not very lengthy, but he does show some ability as a kick returner.

OFF THE BOARD
Hallandale (FL) Hallandale wide receiver Joshua Hammond committed to Florida. Hammond’s older brother, Frankie Hammond Jr., played for the Gators and spent the last two seasons as a wide receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Darien (IL) Hinsdale South defensive end Josh King committed to Michigan State. Prior to his commitment, he tweeted out that his choice would make people’s heads spin. He seemingly forgot to check his 247 Sports profile page, which had 79% of predictions in favor of . . . Michigan State. Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State were all tied for second place with 5% of the votes.

Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Luers wide receiver Austin Mack committed to Ohio State. Michigan was his leader many moons ago, and he even visited again recently, but for a long time, he has been expected to be a Buckeye.

Fort Wayne (IN) Wayne defensive end Auston Robertson committed to Michigan State. Just like King and Mack, this had been expected for a long time. Robertson had also visited Michigan several times and recently put the Wolverines in his top three, replacing Ohio State, but any late addition to a top three means it’s a long shot.

MISCELLANEOUS
Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison defensive end Khalid Kareem has set an announcement date for June 24th. He took a visit to Michigan two weekends ago that reportedly had a big impact on him because of its focus on academics. Kareem was previously committed to Michigan State for a short time this spring, but new circumstances are pointing toward him choosing Michigan.

Saline (MI) Saline quarterback Joshua Jackson has set an announcement date for Thursday. Jackson does not hold an offer from the Wolverines, but he is the son of former running backs coach Fred Jackson and the brother of former wide receiver Jeremy Jackson. He has offers from Minnesota, Northwestern, Utah, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #14 dual-threat quarterback, and #411 overall. He is expected to be a Hokie by the end of the week.

I’m keeping a running tab on the coaching staff’s 2015 Summer Swarm Tour (LINK).

Here’s a list of the eight in-state 2017 prospects who visited Michigan last Tuesday (LINK).

Rivals updated their top 100 (LINK) and top 250 lists (LINK) for 2016.

Rivals also held their 5-star Challenge in Baltimore, where Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was the keynote speaker. Here’s a list of Michigan offerees who participated (LINK).

6Jun 2015
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Chris Evans, Wolverine

Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis running back/slot receiver Chris Evans (image via IndyStar.com)

Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis slot receiver Chris Evans committed to Michigan on Saturday. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Purdue, among others.

He’s 5’11”, 186 lbs. As a junior in 2014, he carried the ball 185 times for 1,249 yards and 18 touchdowns; he also caught 51 passes for 676 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2013, he ran the ball 99 times for 530 yards and 7 touchdowns, adding 37 catches for 440 yards and 5 touchdowns.

RATINGS
ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 3-star, #47 ATH
Scout: 4-star, #9 RB, #165 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #5 APB, #292 overall

Evans was vaguely on my radar until he planned a visit to Michigan and was offered at the end of May. He expected to receiver by the time the visit was finished, and it happened. The Wolverines immediately jumped to the front of his middling offer list, and in short order, he set an announcement date for June 6. Despite his coach saying that Evans would take more visits this summer before deciding, Evans went ahead with his announcement as planned.

When Michigan first extended an offer, I was a little bit confused since they seemed to be on the verge of pulling in Kiante Enis to add to the other two running backs already committed in the 2016 class. Evans has the skills of a wide receiver or slot receiver, but not so much those of a running back. He catches the ball very smoothly and does not fight it on its way in. He looks like a natural pass catcher, using his hands, keeping his stride, etc. He can also be dynamic in open space, using his speed and some decent lateral movement to gain extra yardage. I also like the way Evans scores, which is by acting as if he’s crossing the finish line at a track meet.

Evans’s highlights do not show much of him running inside or through contact, which suggests that at 5’11” and 186 lbs., he’s just not equipped to do that very often. The offense appears to be designed to hit the defense up the middle on some quick stuff and then get him on the edge whenever they can.

I like Evans as a slot receiver, and I could even see his skills translating to cornerback or return man. I don’t think he has the physicality to be a running back or safety. The more I have watched of him, the more I like him. He just seems to be a good all-around player who can plug in at multiple spots, and at the very least, I am confident that he can be a solid slot guy. Michigan reportedly recruited him as an athlete with an eye toward playing him at slot receiver.

Evans is Michigan’s ninth commitment in the 2016 class, and he’s the third from the Hoosier State, joining Enis and quarterback Brandon Peters. It’s the first time in the Rivals era that Michigan has received commitments from three Indianans in one recruiting cycle, and it’s only June. Ben Davis High School is one of the more productive programs in Indiana, recently producing 2015 linebacker Asmar Bilal (Notre Dame), 2014 safety Antonio Allen (Indiana), 2010 safety Isaiah Lewis (Michigan State), and a host of MAC players; however, Evans would be the first player from Ben Davis to play at Michigan.

TTB Rating: 79 (ratings explanation)