It’s become popular for college programs to adorn themselves as the prime university for certain positions. Texas, for instance, likes to proclaim itself as “DBU,” or Defensive Back University, because of its history of putting DBs in the NFL.
That trend hasn’t carried over to the high school level, but if Dallas Skyline wanted to anoint itself as LBHS in the state of Texas you’d be hard-pressed to find many in disagreement.
Over the past few years, the Raiders have sent linebackers like Domenic Spencer (Central Florida), Michael Morgan (USC), Keenan Cooper (Minnesota), Spencer Reeves (Minnesota), Michael Moore (Kansas State), Corey Nelson (Oklahoma), Anthony Wallace (Oregon) and Peter Jinkens (Texas) to college.
The next will very likely be 2014 prospect Victor Evans, a 6-foot-2, 211-pounder with 4.54 speed.
“The thing about the legacy is, the guys before us worked really hard,” Evans said. “Some of them had the size but we they all had the effort and the heart. We always bring heart to the table because we ball out every year, and that’s not going to change.”
It’s going to be up to Evans to carry on that legacy as one of the premiere linebacker of a group starting fresh in 2011. Others include 2013 LBs Isaiah Williams, Justin Norton and Rod Moore, and 2014 prospects Marquaveon Jones and Darnell Reed.
“We just have to work hard in the weight room in the summer due to the fact that they are gone,” he said. “So we know who is going to step in and become the leaders of the defense.”
Evans will actually start out as a defensive end, where he played last season, for the first few games while one of Skyline’s starting DEs heals from an injury and will then move back to linebacker. That’s where colleges are telling him he will play at the next level.
“Defensive end and linebacker are the same to me, especially in pass rushing when you just come up,” he said. “Linebacker is more fun for me because it gives me more room to use my speed.”
One of those schools interested in Evans is SMU, which offered him after a few days after he attended a camp there in June.
“I did really well in that camp,” Evans said. “It’s a real good school that would make me focus academically. They have a real good program and Coach (June) Jones is a really good coach. I think I’d get on the field quick too.”
The Mustangs are Evans’ lone offer right now but there are several others he would like to get, especially from one school.
“An offer from Texas would pretty much have me sold,” he said. “They are one of the top schools that I would want to go to if they offered me.”
Growing up, Evans lived in a house where he rooted for the Longhorns and his father Texas A&M.
“It’s funny because he would always like to take me to A&M games when I was little,” he said. “I would never wear A&M stuff to the games though. I would always wear Texas stuff. It was always funny.”
He has even more of a reason to go to Texas, should he get the chance, with Jinkens about to start his freshman season.
“Peter was the best leader of our team,” Evans said. “I was a little confused last year because it was my first year on defense. My freshman year I was a wide receiver. So he would just tell me just to use my speed and if I mess up to just run wherever I go. He told me to be a monster.”
Evans has yet to hear from the Longhorns but hopes to soon. Other programs that he would like to hear from include TCU and Michigan. He’s scheduled to meet with Texas Tech on 19.