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No. 24 is LB/FB Blake Evans. Evans is among the elite at ILB from all around the Applachias.

’25 LB/FB similar to another tough hombre we have before featured from Breathitt County

This kid has to remind one of Breathitt’s Kory Combs. The two of them are built similarly, play the exact same offensive and defensive positions, have registered eerily similar statistics on ‘Friday Nights,’ and both appear headed next level with very little residual doubt. Evans is explosive, powerful, plays with excellent pad-level, and is a student of the game. Like Combs, there isn’t a better ILB in the Appalachias.

HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball

Believe it or not, football is not unlike anything else, the “big boys” all know each other. If you’re a big-timer, the other big-timers will know who you are.

Blake Evans, like Kory Combs, is a big-timer. Evans (5’11,” 220-pounds) is built similarly to Combs. Evans plays the same positions (LB/FB).

Evans (4.0 GPA) and Combs are both exceptional students. Both of these guys are powerful, explosive, strong, fast, quick, and productive on-field (Evans in ’22, 97-tackles, six (6)-TFL’s, two (2)-QB sacks, two (2)-FF’s, and a FR).

Regarding Evans, he was the team leader in tackles and forced fumbles. He was among the team leaders in TFL’s, FR’s, and QB-sacks.

Evans played FB on offense for the Bobcats in ’22. Now FB’s have lead blocking duty in the power run scheme which doesn’t contribute to that particular player any statistics to admire. However, Evans ran the ball 38-times in ’22 and averaged 4.4-yards a carry.

Evans in ’22, 97-tackles, six (6)-TFL’s, two (2)-QB sacks, two (2)-FF’s, and a FR

KHSAA statistical website

That’s “pounding it up in there” as is said about FB’s.

Evans has impressive power. How many 220-pound high school players do you reckon rep-out on the back-squat with 480-pounds? We wouldn’t wager too many.

Coming into his junior year, what are the “next level” prospects for Evans? Well, that is a good question.

Evans’ stature, or lack, will discourage some programs. However, Evans’ grades, on-field production, power, and exemplary character will attract some suitors from near-Ivy’s to many around the FCS-Division I level. We could even see some service academies and FBS, non-Power 5’s, like EKU getting in the mix. As for EKU, the Colonels report interest in Evans and we are getting this from people in and around the program.

We see some next level schools interested in Evans as a second-level, defensive guy, and can imagine his getting some interest along the down front defensively. We could see him playing FB, on offense, for schools who utilize a FB or even an H-Back in its down-hill, power run game.

We really like this prospect. Evans also reminds us of Paducah Tilghman’s Oscar “J.T.” Adams, in addition to the obvious similarity to Kory Combs.

To us, this guy is an easy take. What we mean is we would not hesitate to sign him and would furthermore, confidently predict he will qualify, “stick” with the program, and “produce” commensurate with what he did in HS when he settles into his college home.

This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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