Written By Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
Even though National Signing Day is just around the corner, do not expect things to slow down for college football coaching staffs as they shift more of their resources and attention to the talented prospects of the 2016 class. One high school junior that has caught the eye of many college coaches, including Indiana Hoosiers’ head coach Kevin Wilson, is versatile Ben Davis (Indianapolis) running back Chris Evans.
The 6-foot, 188-pound standout played a critical role in the Giants’ run to an IHSAA 6A State Championship, rushing the ball 185 times for 1,249 yards and 18 touchdowns and catching 51 passes for 676 yards and 10 touchdowns during his junior season. He came up particularly large for Ben Davis in both the State semi-final and State Championship games, propelling the Giants to victories by running for a combined 405 yards and 4 touchdowns on 48 carries. His was recognized as an honorable mention on the 2014 Associated Press Indiana all-state football team for his efforts.
The three-star prospect will likely see his offer list grow beyond Indiana, Ball State, Western Michigan and Cincinnati as his stock has been on the rise recently due to a couple of outstanding efforts at underclassmen recruiting events. Earlier this month at the Rivals’ Army Combine, Evans showed off elite speed by running a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. On Monday evening he took home MVP honors at the Core 6 Showcase, a head-to-head competition between some of the nation’s highest rated football prospects.
Evans is currently the 49th ranked athlete nationally in the class of 2016 according to Rivals.com. Although he projects as an outside wide receiver or running back in college, his combination of speed and size also make him an attractive option to play on the other side of the ball in the defensive secondary. Regardless of where he ends up on the field, the Indiana coaching staff is working to keep this versatile athlete instate, playing for the Hoosiers.