Recruiting Rewind: A Look Back at Former Texas A&M WR Mike Evans' Recruitment
The opening round of the NFL draft is on Thursday, and former Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans is expected to be one of the first players selected. He has the size and hands to become an outstanding receiver in the professional ranks.
However, Evans wasn't always highly regarded. The big pass-catcher did not arrive in College Station with a ton of buzz, and football once was not even his top sport.
Take a quick stroll down recruiting memory lane to see how Evans' recruitment unfolded.
Where He Was Ranked in High School
Hailing from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas, Evans was a 3-star recruit and No. 764 in the 2011 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Rivals gave him a 3-star rating, but it didn't rank him. Evans was also considered a 3-star prospect by Scout.com, who ranked him No. 94 at his position. Many viewed Evans as more of a basketball prospect.
Schools That Were in the Mix
Evans was a forward who had schools such as Houston, UTEP and Texas Tech after him, according to a June 2010 report by Damon Sayles of TexasHoops.com (subscription required).
However, he took up football in the fall of 2010, where he first caught the eye of Tulane as a receiver. In November 2010, Sayles (subscription required) added schools such as Virginia Commonwealth, Hawaii and Colorado State among those that were also intrigued by Evans as a basketball player.
The most significant development for Evans was that he actually joined the football team at Ball. He was essentially a basketball player who decided to give football a shot late in his high school career, and he proved to be a natural receiver.
Many schools didn't know about Evans, as he simply wasn't on the radar because he hadn't played the sport. Yet, in the fall of 2010, he caught 26 balls for 750 yards and seven touchdowns, per a December 2010 report by Mark Passwaters of AggieYell.com (subscription required).
His size and athleticism got him noticed by the coaches at Texas A&M, who monitored him during the fall of 2010, according to Passwaters' report (subscription required).
Texas A&M brought Evans on an unofficial visit in December 2010, according to Mark Passwaters of AggieYell.com (subscription required).
The visit for the Aggies coaches likely was to size Evans up in person, while also speaking to him to get to know him. Things apparently went well, as he was offered a scholarship by Texas A&M during the trip.
Evans wasted no time, as he immediately committed to the Aggies.
Passwaters wrote (subscription required), "Evans' raw talent was what attracted Texas A&M to him, and (he took) an unofficial visit to College Station Saturday. While he was there, the Aggies offered him a football scholarship, which he immediately accepted."
Evans redshirted in 2011, but he never looked back after that. In two seasons at Texas A&M, he caught 150 passes for 2,474 yards and 17 touchdowns, according to Sports-Reference.com.
Evans was a freshman All-SEC selection in 2012 and was a first-team AP All-American in 2013, according to his Texas A&M official bio.
The former 'tweener basketball player and little-known 3-star receiver likely will be one of the first players chosen during the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.