Scouting Report: RB Chris Evans

Michigan commit Chris Evans was held to 31 yards rushing on Friday night’s game against Avon. But it was only a matter of time before he broke loose. With 4:40 to play, he took a screen to the house for a 50-yard touchdown that tied the game at 42. Below is an evaluation based on that game and film from his junior and senior seasons.

  • Name: Chris Evans
  • Position: Running Back
  • School: Ben Davis
  • College: Michigan
  • Grade: 1

Based on Jr. and Sr. film, in-person game vs. Avon

Strengths: Home-run threat. Outstanding vision, change-of-direction, and breakaway speed. Is very elusive and shifty in space, consistently makes defenders miss. Consistently finishes forward and runs through contact. Can turn upfield and change direction on a dime, and exhibits decisiveness to the hole – wastes no time getting vertical. Has burst at the second level and top-end speed when he finds a crease.  Has loose hips and a strong frame with room to get bigger. Has proven himself as a receiver, exhibiting soft hands, selling his routes, and is dangerous after-the-catch. High impact player – is very versatile; aligns in the slot, has taken direct snaps from QB, serves as a kickoff returner (rarely kicked to) and has also played at DB. Highly productive and dynamic playmaker for the defending state champion Giants and should excel in the Big 10.

Weaknesses: Few and far between in HS; plays behind a good offensive line with easy running lanes at times; sometimes runs upright and gets pushed back in short yardage; could switch ball to his opposite arm when running down the sideline.

Summary: Chris has a very high ceiling; he is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball. He is a versatile playmaker with great vision, breakaway speed, and elusiveness in the open field to excel at Michigan.

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