Game Film & Evaluation: Hawkeye Commit Samson Evans

October 2, 2017

Written by Rob Howe

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McHENRY, Ill. – On my way to East Lansing for the Iowa-Michigan State football game, I stopped off here to watch a couple of Hawkeye football verbal commitments Friday night. Samson Evans was one of them.

Evans has been recruited by Iowa as a receiver. He plays quarterback and returns punts and kicks for Crystal Lake (IL) Prairie Ridge, who beat McHenry High, 42-14, here Friday night.

EVALUATION: It’s tricky evaluating a prospect playing one position in high school who’s expected to line up at a different spot in college. But, I’ll give it a go.

Evans wrestled with changing positions during the recruiting process. He seriously considered Northern Illinois because the Huskies were planning on allowing him to line up behind center as a dual-threat in the Jordan Lynch mold. Lynch, the current NIU running backs coach, was helping recruit Evans.

Friday, Evans completed 3 of 4 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 105 yards. He left in the third quarter with what was believed to be a muscle strain. His team was well ahead and there was not need to risk worsening the injury.

Evans commands the huddle. He’s really good at reading defenses in the option offense. He throws a nice ball and runs with speed and power. Iowa still doesn’t have a quarterback in the class, so who knows.

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In terms of how he projects as a receiver, his ability to run is evident. He accelerates well, moves smoothly laterally and cuts sharply. Of course, he’ll have to catch the ball but he knows what to do when he has it in his hands.

Evans is solidly built. With added weight and strength, he should be that much harder to corral and bring down.

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Evans returns punts and kicks for the Wolves. That’s not something you see very often from a starting quarterback at the high school level and speaks to his athleticism.

Evans has started for three years at quarterback but did play receiver as a freshman. So, he does, at least, have some experience at the position.

Iowa enjoys a history of success of turning high school quarterbacks into successful college players at other positions. At receiver in particular, Marvin McNutt, Darrell Johnson-Koulianos, Ed Hinkel and Clinton Solomon were among the prep signal callers who stood out catching passes for the Hawkeyes.

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Here’s a look at Evans in action from Friday:

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