Sanford (N.C.) Lee County defensive end Desmond Evans is a special talent. Just a freshman, he stands at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds. With his length, athleticism and ability as a pass-rusher, he stands a good chance to become a sought-after recruit nationally.
Evans picked up his first offers from Kentucky and N.C. State last September, and now has half a dozen, including others from East Carolina, North Carolina and Mississippi State.
Clemson is among a number of other programs intrigued by his talent, and the Tigers invited him to their spring game last month. He made his first trip to the school with his mother and sister.
“It was so fun because they picked us up in a Mustang and drove us up there,” Evans said. “I talked to some of the coaches. One coach was born in Fayetteville, so that was cool, and I talked to the O-line coach (Robbie Caldwell) for a few minutes. And the D-line coach (Todd Bates), he told me a little poem he wrote. It was nice.”
Evans was equally surprised and impressed by Clemson’s football operations facility, which he was able to tour with the other recruits.
“It was big,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting them to have a basketball court. It was nice.”
Evans has attended games at North Carolina as an unofficial visitor and also visited N.C. State for a spring practice this year. Clemson would like to get him back on campus for the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.
He named Clemson, Virginia and Virginia Tech as schools he hopes to earn offers from moving forward.
“It would be amazing,” he said of a potential Clemson offer. “It would mean everything to me.”
Despite being only 13 years old at the beginning of last season, Evans finished with over 30 tackles and seven sacks. He was named a second-team freshman All-American by MaxPreps.