Add another young player to the list of Gators who are making an impact and turning heads.
With the likes of James Valdez and Deriante Jenkins, rising sophomore linebacker Donta Evans joins the list of players under head coach Chris Carter who have made a splash with the Lake Marion program. This week, Evans is in Dartmouth, Mass., where he will take part in the USA U-16 Developmental Football Game on Friday.
“He’s going to be a pretty good player,” Carter said. “He’s real cerebral. He’s still growing. Right now, Donta’s probably 6-1 and a half and about 195. So, he’s getting a little size. I think he’s going to be a pretty good player in the future.”
The U-16 game will feature players from across the nation who will take part in minicamps and practices during the week. On Friday, the U-16 & U-17 teams will hold their games at the University of Massachusetts. Evans was selected after taking part in a combine in Charlotte. With Evans being chosen, the Gators now have another young weapon at their disposal that could help their program grow as a whole.”
“We’ve got a group of guys this year that, I think in the future, can really be productive at Lake Marion,” Carter said. “I’m not saying that kids don’t play the game for fun. When you get a kid that wants to play the game in order to go to school, you’ve got a different type of kid. You know how kids say ‘I’m out here to eat?’ They’re playing this game with a different type of passion. They’re setting goals to go to school. They’ve set their goals kind of like the kid that says ‘I want to be a doctor.’ They attack the game a little differently than the kid who’s just out here playing.”
Evans was a key role player for the Gators in their 2012 campaign filling in at linebacker. As he continues to play and develop both physically and mentally, he could draw attention from programs across the country.
“He’s a Division I-AA player right now,” Carter said.