Recruiting Update: Athletic Allen LB duo may fill need for Longhorns

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By Eric Nahlin, Inside Texas Recruiting Editor
Posted Jan 14, 2013
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Christian Sam and Tay Evans

With Texas missing on two of its top 2014 linebacker offers, La Porte’s Hoza Scott and Gilmer’s Josh Walker, and trailing A&M for yet another offer at the position, Dallas Carter’s Cameron Hampton, UT will be forced to go deeper into the evaluation pool than in years past when they had the pick of the litter.

Two options that may emerge for Texas are Allen teammates Christian Sam and Tay Evans, near dopplegangers when it comes to size and ability. In a team when length and athleticism at the position are at a premium, I expect both of these players to see their stock ascend in the coming months.

The duo is in the 6-2/6-3 range and around 200-205 pounds. They may not be quite as explosive as current Texas commitment Deoundrei Davis from Cypress Springs but there are definitely some similarities in how they project.

In a state deep with talent reserves, no team was deeper than Allen. DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said it best, after his team fell to Allen 51-36.

“We’d get their first group tired and were about to take advantage of our speed like we had done all year, but their second group would come in and they were just as big and good as the first,” Mathis relayed to me.

Despite the breaks in play for Sam and Evans, they both finished with stats that indicate the type of players they are.

On the year, Sam had 57 tackles, 11 sacks, three tackles for loss one interception and one defensive touchdown.

Not to be outdone by his counterpart, Evans had 76 tackles, seven sacks, seven tackles for loss, three pass break ups, one interception and two defensive touchdowns.

As you can tell from the stats alone, both are active on the negative and positive side of the line of scrimmage with the type of range that lends itself to defending the spread.

 But you can see for yourself. Here’s proof:

Christian Sam:  http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1605586/#highlights/20754381

Tay Evans: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1298873/#highlights/21236373

Even the highlight tapes in Allen are cinema quality. I half expected them to be narrated by John Facenda software.

I caught up with the two integral cogs recently, and even their recruitments are similar. So far they each have an SMU offer, with interest picking up from around the region and beyond.

Sam had this to say, “SMU offered me in late November and I’ve been hearing from Oregon and Iowa State.” He followed that up with his thoughts on Texas, “I’ve never really liked one school, but they’re the state school so I follow them. I really started to pay attention to them after the Alabama game.”

I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.

Evans has a bit different story about Texas, “My dad hates them. He played basketball at OU. But that’s my dad, not me. I’d have no problem going to Texas.”

Evans’ dad is a 6-9 former post, Bobby Joe Evans. Tay tells me there’s a chance he’s not done growing yet and could get up at 6-5. If so, he may be in line to play defensive end full time, or perhaps even tight end.

With numerous underclassmen back and not just Sam and Evans, the Allen Eagles could yet soar once more. We’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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