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February 6, 2010
Corsicana's standout Evans still unsigned
Evans doesn't sign despite standout career
Corsicana - Tigers running back Cody Evans did everything you could ask of a player to get noticed by college scouts the last two seasons.
But Wednesday's national signing day came and went without Evans signing a national letter of intent.
On numbers alone - 1,666 rushing yards as a senior and single-game playoff records in rushes and yards - Evans proved in 2009 he can play.
It's just that colleges haven't found that out yet.
Tigers coach Phil Castles still held out hope Wednesday that some college coach somewhere will take a chance on the Daily Sun's 2009 Del Thrash Golden Circle Most Valuable Player.
"I hope so," Castles said. "He has offers to walk on. Abilene Christian was in on him for awhile but signed another running back."
Castles said cornerback Jakolby Polk, wide receiver JaVonti Hines and Evans all have offers from second-year program Lon Morris. This is the second year in a row the Tigers have not had a Division I - now FBS - signing. Receiver Omarius Hines, JaVonti's older brother, signed with Florida in 2008.
Evans appears to be caught up in not having the prefered measurables for a tailback - he is 5-8 and 185 pounds. Castles calls Evans "a tweener."
Evans played some fullback in high school, but his size is going to be held against him even more so at that position. And outside linebacker too.
Evans wants to play safety, but again, college recruiters first look for taller safeties like Baltimore Ravens' All-Pro Ed Reed, who is 5-11.
"Size means a lot these days," Evans said Wednesday.
Has his size ever impacted him on the football field?
"Whatever I've wanted to do, I've been able to do," Evans said.
Evans would prefer not playing for a junior college. He said Wednesday he is still getting calls from Sam Houston State.
Maybe there is another four-year college out there that is recruiting another more prototypical runner. Evans knows what he needs in that situation.
"I guess for them not to get somebody they want," Evans said.
It's hard to believe no one wants a player like Evans.