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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Tay Evans enjoys Texas junior day

By Damon Sayles

Outside linebacker Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) participated in his first-ever junior day at Texas on Sunday, and while he didn’t leave Austin, Texas, with a scholarship offer, he did leave with high expectations for future junior days.

Evans talked about the overall scenery and campus atmosphere and said he had a good time with the other 2014 targets. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker is used to seeing facilities jumbo-sized -- he played his home games in Allen’s brand-new, $60 million stadium that seated more than 22,000 in its first game last August -- but junior day gave him a new perspective of supersizing.

“It’s real nice there. It’s a lot different than high school,” Evans said. “I liked their facilities, and I liked their strength and conditioning program. I saw some of the guys working out, and I really liked what they were doing.”

He had a chance to meet defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who also coaches the linebackers. He also met head coach Mack Brown, one of several highlights of the day. One of the messages that stayed with Evans throughout the junior day was short and to the point.

“Hard work pays off,” he said. “If you work hard, good things will happen.”

Evans, who helped Allen win the Texas Class 5A Division I state title in December, didn’t pick up a Longhorns offer, but he now feels he has something to shoot for. Evans has offers from SMU and Boise State and is getting looks from Baylor, Rice and Iowa.

Evans finished his junior season at Allen with 76 tackles, seven sacks, three pass breakups and an interception. He also scored two defensive touchdowns.