- Jamie Newberg, RecruitingNation
Mississippi State continues to build a solid defensive line class and added another big piece with the addition of ESPNU 150 defensive tackle Quay Evans (Morton, Miss./Morton), who committed to the Bulldogs yesterday.
Evans, No. 102 in the ESPNU 150, is the nation's No. 7 defensive tackle and the No. 4 prospect in Mississippi.
“Mississippi State is getting a guy that has unreal ability,” said Morton coach Miles Porter. “If he follows the plan that they have put together, and I know he will, Quay will probably be one of those guys that’s out his junior year and in the NFL, God willing. Theirs is no doubt about it.”
Porter said a big reason why Evans selected the Bulldogs over Ole Miss and Alabama was just being comfortable with the coaches and players in Starkville.
“He’s just very familiar with that staff,” Porter said. “He has been to other places like Alabama and Ole Miss but Mississippi State is also come to home. His family can come see him play. And he also believes it’s just a good fit for him.”
Evans played in eight of Morton's 12 games thanks to a shoulder injury sustained last year.
“That rotator cuff really bothered him,” Porter said. “But when he did play and when he really wanted to play, Quay was unblockable. He showed more maturity this season, especially with the mental aspect of the game. He was more of a leader. He had some absolutely dominating moments where he was just unreal. To be honest, he needs to be at the college level so he can be tested every day, every week. When he wanted to go hard he couldn’t be blocked. The only chance linemen hard was to jump at his shoe laces.”
Evans, 6-foot-2 and 310 pounds, finished with 85 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Evans is Mississippi State’s 22nd commitment. He joins a defensive line class that already includes standouts Nick James (Long Beach, Miss./Long Beach), Torrey Bell (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), Jordan Washington (Suwanee, Ga,/North Gwinnett), Ryan Brown (Marrero, La./Archbishop Shaw), and Nelson Adams (Brandon, Miss./Brandon). Mississippi State also has a great chance of landing Channing Ward (Aberdeen, Miss./Aberdeen) as well as some junior college prospects from the state.