June 27, 2008
Rebels offer Texas defensive end
When Brenham (Blinn C.C.) defensive end Emmanuel Stephen's name first surfaced as an early target for Houston Nutt to sign during last year's early signing period, some fan reaction was 'too small.'
Fast forward into April at the 6-foot-3, 220 pound defensive end came out second on the Rebel depth chart - at defensive end - just behind potential star Marcus Tillman, who was a freshman All-American two years ago.
Too small could also be the reaction of fans to Houston (Alief Taylor HS) defensive end prospect Emerson Evans.
Evans checks in at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, with 4.8 speed, but it appears Nebraska doesn't have an issue with is size. Neither does Utah, UTEP, and apparently Ole Miss. All four schools have offered.
Taylor head coach Trevor White says that his ability to get after the quarterback is something special.
"He is just an extremely explosive, edge guy," White recently told HuskerIllustrated.com. "He's a guy that can get after the quarterback, kind of as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 - just an explosive player. He may be a situational guy at the next level because he's got a motor that's just relentless. We play a 3-4 and he plays defensive end for us because we don't want to burden him with contain.
He finished last season with 87 tackles which included 16 sacks and was named to the all-district team.
Rebel special teams coordinator James Shibest, who recruits Texas for Ole Miss, made a trip by Evan's school and promptly offered the prospect.
"The coach talked to my high school coach," Evans said. "And my coach told me that I have an offer from Ole Miss. I really don't know a lot about Ole Miss, but they have been sending me a lot of letters. It sounds like they have really nice facilities."
Evans says Nebraska is currently "sticking out" a little, but Evans may be more concerned about the offers he hasn't received over the ones he has.
"I grew up an Ohio State fan," he said. "They would be my top pick but so far they're not recruiting me. I also like LSU and Texas A&M."
"Right now, I'm not too worried about it (recruiting)," Evans said. "I want to go through the season and see what happens and see who all offers before I make a decision."
Evans said that he is yet to attend any summer camps, but that if he receives an initiation to attend Ole Miss' elite camp on July 26, he would probably attend.
He finished up his junior year with a 2.7 GPA and is preparing to take the SAT for the first time.
"That's the next step for me, the SAT," he said. "Without the right score, I'm not going anywhere."
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