Sunday, February 3, 2013
RB Evans flips to SEC West program
By Damon Sayles
For roughly 10 months, Denzell Evans (Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire) felt like playing close to home was what he wanted. On Sunday, the three-star running back decided playing in the SEC was a more attractive option.
Per his father, Evans flipped his commitment from Houston and pledged to Arkansas. He became the Razorbacks’ second commitment of the day on Sunday, joining fellow running back Korliss Marshall (Osceola, Ark./Osceola), and the 19th overall. Evans and Marshall were the first running back commits of the Razorbacks’ class.
“His goal and his dream was to play at the next level and to play at the highest level. He felt with Arkansas, he could play with the big boys,” said Carlis Evans, Denzell’s father. “Nothing in offense to U of H, but he was looking at Arkansas as an opportunity to grow as a player and be pushed at the next level. He’s trying to take his game there.”
Evans rushed for 825 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. The 5-foot-10, 207-pound back rushed for 632 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior.
Evans committed to Houston in early April, but he took a visit to Fayetteville, Ark., over the weekend and told his father that Fayetteville was where he wanted to be.
“As far as him being home, we were trying to keep him close and make him a family guy,” Carlis Evans said. “But you’ve got to let him grow. He said he was pleased with the visit, and that’s where he wants to be. He was pretty excited.”