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In pondering his future and where he would play college football, Ty Evans has had no shortage of options.
Recently, however, his father, Todd, asked him a question.
“He said, ‘Are you waiting for any schools in specific?'” Evans said. “And I said, ‘No, I know where I want to go and that’s CU.'”
On Monday, Evans, who led Palmer Ridge High School to the Class 3A state title in December, gave his verbal commitment to Colorado, giving the Buffaloes their quarterback for the 2019 recruiting class.
Just last week, Evans told Buffzone.com that he wanted to give every school that offers him a chance. Yet, his desire to stay close to home and CU’s recent hire of quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper sealed his decision. Roper gave Evans a scholarship offer to South Carolina last year.
“All the stars aligned with coach Roper coming to CU,” Evans said. “I just felt good about it and I just felt good about my relationship with coach Roper, (co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini) and (head coach Mike MacIntyre), so why wait?”
Evans drove to CU on Monday to meet Roper in person for the first time, but Evans surprised Buffs’ coaches by committing.
“Coach Chev probably hugged me seven times,” Evans joked. “There were a lot of smiles.
“It was important for me to do it in person. Recruiting becomes stressful and it becomes a lot, but now having it over and knowing I’m going to be going to an amazing school like CU, it just gives me all the relief in the world and lets me focus on next year winning another state championship and being able to be the best quarterback for Palmer Ridge that I can be.”
Last month, Evans helped Palmer Ridge (14-0) to the state title with a 46-21 win over Erie.
The 6-foot, 2.5-inch, 185-pound Evans completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 3,627 yards, 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions this past season. As a sophomore, he threw for 3,130 yards, 30 touchdowns and five interceptions.
On July 18, he committed to Arkansas, but after the Razorbacks fired head coach Bret Bielema in November, Evans de-committed and opened his recruitment.
While he was certainly open to going out of state, Evans said his ties to the state of Colorado were strong.
“It played a huge role,” he said. “I was born and raised in Colorado and I love it here. Being able to be close to home and all my guys and being able to be a part of the rise of Colorado football again, I take a lot of pride in that. I wanted to be a part of it.”
Evans is the second player to commit to CU for 2019, joining Valor Christian running back Joshia Davis. He will join a quarterback room that includes Valor Christian’s Blake Stenstrom, who signed with CU last month.
CU has loaded up on quarterback talent, stockpiling more talent at that position than at any time in the past decade or more. By the time Evans arrives in 2019, CU is projected to have Steven Montez as a senior, Sam Noyer as a junior, Tyler Lytle as a sophomore and Stenstrom as a freshman.
The competition doesn’t bother Evans.
“I have to be confident in my skills as a quarterback,” he said. “Any Power 5 school you walk into, there’s going to be a stacked QB room and there’s going to be four stars everywhere, but you have to go in and be confident that you can take over that starting job and win football games for the program. I welcome the competition and I can’t wait.”
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