Chris Evans to Michigan: What 4-Star RB Brings To Wolverines
June 7, 2015
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The Michigan Wolverines picked up a top recruit over the weekend in 4-star running back Chris Evans. Evans picked Michigan over schools such as Cincinnati, Indiana and Michigan State, among others.
Evans is an interesting recruit simply due to his versatility. While he’s listed as an all-purpose back on most recruiting websites, he’s also played wide receiver and defensive back at the high school level. In fact, a lot of his highlight videos show him playing any position besides running back.
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At running back, Evans is a long strider and somebody who hits the hole hard and with explosion. He can reverse the field quickly and has good lateral quickness to make defenders miss in the open field. He has good quickness in and out of his cuts and has displayed a second gear once he gets to the second level.
One of the more intriguing things with Evans is the fact he’s a polished receiver with soft hands and can make plays after the catch. Whether Michigan moves him to receiver full time or uses him as an option out of the backfield, Evans is a threat at all times to make an impact on the offensive end of the ball.
Evans is simply an offensive playmaker, an area that Michigan has been lacking the last couple of years.
While he’ll probably play offense, Michigan could also put Evans at the safety position once he bulks up his 186-pound frame. Evans has shown great instincts and is a sure tackler on the defensive side of the ball. From what I’ve seen, there’s no reason why Evans wouldn’t be a successful defender, but again, he’ll likely be better off and more productive running or catching the football.
I love players who can do several different things, as their commitment is more valuable than a one trick pony. Coaches will have time to play around and find several different ways for him to be productive. Evans brings a lot to the table and is somebody who is only going to get better.
I like this commitment for Michigan, and believe Evans could be one of the most successful players of the Wolverines 2016 class.