Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: Chris Evans 2016 Commit Profile


GBMWolverine Michigan Football RecruitingPosted at 5:15am — 6/8/2015

Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: Chris Evans 2016 Commit Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recent verbal commitment Chris Evans.

Michigan recruiting commitments seems to come in waves, many times in clusters of three. Chris Evans of Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana became this weeks’ third commitment.

Like Kiante Enis, Chris Evans is a prospect of some intrigue. Like Enis, Chris Evans is versatile and athletic. The future for both has potential and some uncertainty of final position assignment. Both are listed as running backs and athletes; both can play offense and defense, namely running back, slot, and defensive back. Enis is probably faster and is certainly a little bigger (as of now). So, there are similarities. The addition of the two technically brings Michigan up to four running back recruits, but there is sufficient versatility in the foursome that things could easily shake out quite well.

Chris Evans’ Ben Davis High School team played good competition and ended up the state champion. This program is historically strong and has turned out plenty of Division 1 signees.

Evans played a big part in the success of Ben Davis. He ran for more than 1200 yards and caught over fifty passes. His defensive film shows good traits as well. Enis has potential to be versatile; Evans, probably even more so.

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Chris Evans is a four-star in some publications, a three-star in others, and pretty much ignored by ESPN (not to worry about that little phenomenon for sure). The ratings are all over the place. The services that have actually observed him at events the most are the most impressed. So, it is a matter more of direct observation than difference of opinion.

Stars aside, Evans is a good athlete, one of us likes him at slot, at least to start, and one of us seems to favor defense, but also acknowledges it is nice to have more athleticism on offense.

Evans is listed at either 5’ 10” or 5’ 11” sufficient for a slot. Roy Roundtree was about an inch taller. Evans shows the athletic skills that make a good slot. He has good hands and could be a nasty match-up for a linebacker.

Like some of Michigan’s latest recruits, Evans is not a super wow factor, but he has many strengths across the board. He is also probably undervalued by the sites.

Chris Evans
Height: 5’11
Weight: 181
Number: 12
Current Position: Athlete / Running Back /Wildcat / Receiver
Future Position: Slot Receiver, Running Back, Defensive Back
City/State: Indianapolis, Indiana
High School: Ben Davis
Head Coach: Mike Kirschner
Recruiter: Jedd Fisch
Committed: 6/6/2015
Top 5 other Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, and Minnesota.
Bench: 250lbs.
Clean: 300lbs.
Squat: 400lbs.
40: 4.49
Vertical: 33″
GPA: 3.4
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Ben Davis Football: on Twitter

24/7: 4-star.
ESPN: Not Ranked
Rivals: 3-star.
Scout: 4-star.

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Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings:

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 7 1/2 footballs.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

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  • Overview:

    Chris Evans is a two-way high school star who could play slot, running back, wide receiver corner, or safety at Michigan. Perhaps, he could also lend a hand in the return game. Chris rushed for 1250 yards and tallied another 675 yards receiving as a junior. He also accounted for a combined 28 touchdowns. Chris led Ben Davis to the Indiana State Championship and recorded Honorable Mention All-State honors. He is a good student with a reported 3.4 GPA.


    Chris is super athletic with plus (not elite) speed and strong agility. He also shows decent acceleration and a nice burst. He moves his feet very well. His film also shows good hands and a second gear.

    Concerns/Needs Work:

    Sometimes Chris comes to a complete stop at when changing direction. He also will need to stop tiptoeing in traffic. Route running and tracking the ball in the air also will need an upgrade.

    Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

    GBMWolverine believes he will possibly red-shirt his first year. Of course, this depends on the development of others, many in similar circumstances. The Michigan offense could sure use an upgrade in speed and athletic ability.

    Chris Evans reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Current Michigan Football Player — Brian Cole — who plays receiver.

    Video Highlights:

    2016 Michigan Football Class:

    Michigan currently has ten recruits committed at this time with Erik Swenson (OL), Dele Harding (LB), Brandon Peters (QB), David Reese (FB/LB), Kingston Davis (FB), Matt Falcon (RB), Michael Onwenu (OL), Kiante Enis (RB/Slot/ST’s), Chris Evans (Slot, RB, WR, CB, or ST’s), and Dytarious Johnson (LB).

    Final Thoughts:

    We welcome Chris Evans to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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