August 11, 2009

Top 2011 athlete blows up on national stage

If college coaches from around the nation didn't know who Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles athlete Sheroid Evans was before the start of this summer, you can bet your last dollar that they know who he is as the start of the 2009 season approaches.

The 6-1, 185-pound Evans, who is ranked as the state's No.12 player in the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 for 2011, is already regarded as one of the state's top athletes, but his national appeal might has reached new heights in recent weeks.

Evans won the 400 hurdles at the Junior National Olympics two weeks ago with a blistering 51.54 time that was a full 1.12 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Add in his third-place finish in the 200 meters (21.37), along with several other impressive postings as a member of the relays and it's clear that Evans has emerged as one of the elite track athletes in the 2011 class.

"I was going for the record, but I'll have to try harder next year," Evans joked following the meet.

If this is the part of the story where you start to believe that Evans is just another track guy, think again. The end of the track season triggered some real excitement internally because it also signaled the beginning of his next season - football.

"I can't wait for the season to start," Evans said. "I'm working out on both sides of the ball. That's something I'm looking forward to."

Until the start of practice this week, Evans' last football experience was at the Texas once-day camp in mid-June.

"I've only been to the UT camp this summer," Evans said. "I've been pretty busy with summer track, so every weekend I've had track meets up until Regional and Junior Olympics. (The camp) was pretty nice. Their camp had a lot of competition and it was great to be around it. I made plays and got along well with all of the coaches.""

As far as recruiting goes, Evans reports that things have been pretty quiet since the spring.

"It's been pretty chill," he said. "A couple of coaches have given my summer track coach cards so that I can keep up with them. That's pretty much it."

Although the Texas Longhorns are expected to play a central role in Evans' college recruitment, the potential five-star athlete is maintaining an open mind as he prepares to enter into a more active pace in the recruiting process.

"I'm looking for a school with a good track and football team. That will stand out to me because I'd like to do both in college," Evans said. "I like a lot of schools."

So, does that mean that there's not a true favorite heading into his junior season?

"Not really," Evans confirmed. "I'm just keeping my options open."

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