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August 26, 2011Mississippi State commitment Deonte Evans got off to a strong start this past week leading McComb (Miss.) to a 34-6 victory over Terry.
The three-star athlete starred on both sides of the ball rushing four times for 82 yards and two touchdowns and hauling in one pass for 21 yards in only one half of play. Defensively, Evans recorded 10 stops as well as forcing and recovering a fumble.
"It started off slow but I started to pick myself up in the game," Evans said. "I got a couple of touchdowns and got my team up and the offense rolling. It was a shutout game on defense. I had 10 total tackles, a forced fumble and a recovery too."
Tonight the Tigers are back on the road traveling to South Pike (0-1).
"I'm expecting blitzing, blitzing and blitzing," Evans said. "They stack everybody in the box so we've been working on screens and passing all week at practice."
As a junior Evans rushed for 768 yards and 12 touchdowns as well as adding 278 receiving yards and five touchdowns. On defense he notched 46 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks.
When Evans committed to the Bulldogs back in April it was thought he would play safety at the next level. But when he came to campus in July for Big Dawg Camp the coaching staff worked him out at running back.
Evans has kept up strong communication with his recruiting coach Chris Wilson throughout the whole process.
"I talked to Coach Wilson a few days ago," Evans said. "I've got to talk to Coach Wilson. We talk about where I'm going to play when I get up there, how it is up there at Mississippi State and how he's ready for me to be on campus."
The 5-foot-11, 198-pounder is also building a bond with several other members of the MSU class including Devon Desper, Cedric Jiles, Quadry Antoine and Xavier Grindle.
Evans believes the Bulldogs are on the verge of a breakout season beginning next week against Memphis.
"They've got a very good team coming back," Evans said. "They've got some holes but if they workout their linebacker position but I think they are going to sure that up. They've got a good team coming back and are ready to make a run for it."
Though he has been committed for nearly five months, Evans reports that other schools are still pursuing him. He has offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Ole Miss and UAB.
"I really don't listen to them," Evans said. "They are just talking a bunch of junk. I just don't listen."
Evans is rated the 11th best prospect in Mississippi and the No. 55 athlete in the country.