Washington State has been on some recruiting trips recently and the fruits are being picked right off the tree at this point. The Cougars were able to land their 2nd offensive lineman in two days when California’s 6’7, 290 pound Brandon Evers committed on Tuesday.
Evers hails from Redding, CA and brings some terrific size to the table. Before Monday, the Cougs were really hurting in the lineman department, but the outlook has changed significantly with the additions of Evers and Andre Dillard.
If you want to see some raw game film, Cougfan has some raw game footage if you have a subscription. If not I’ll just tell you that Evers is a large, long kid who generally is able to overpower his opponent.
However his footwork is fairly below average, as he has a narrow base and doesn’t really use the full power of his enormous body just yet. That also make him slower than he should be but he’s still very good at rerouting the defender and adjusting as necessary. That will get fixed in short order at WSU though so I’m not worried about that in the long run.
Kids his size are exactly what Mike Leach and OL coach Clay McGuire just love and Evers is a kid that can easily add 25-30 lbs to his frame. If you remember the Texas Tech offensive lines, they were full of Brandon Evers’ across the board. For the most part, you see that very foundation being laid at WSU as Leach continues to grow his 2014 recruiting class, which is his second full class.
He is unranked yet, but will likely get a look by someone in the next round of evaluations. I’d be surprised to see him in the top half of the 3-star rankings as he still has some work to do to get polished, but he brings a high level of potential to Pullman.