Prospect to Watch: 2023 ATH Christian Evans
In the era of social media and aggressive college recruiting it is very easy for young athletes to only focus on themselves. This offseason Christian Evans put his dream of playing quarterback on hold while playing for the Midwest BOOM.
“I play receiver because it gives me extra work during the off-season since I’m more a dual threat guy. I like being able to use my speed and athleticism on the field,” said Evans.
Evans has been played organized football since the 5th grade and has mainly played quarterback. He is the projected starter at Carl Sandburg High School on the sophomore team.
This winter Evans returned to BOOM tryouts after being cut as a quarterback in the 6th grade. Upon returning to tryouts he was given advice by a member of the coaching staff to run routes and catch passes instead of playing quarterback.
“I was playing quarterback during the tryouts and swapped to receiver. Coach Bert saw me make a few plays and I was able to make the team.”
The class of 2023 athlete was able to put his quarterback goals on the backburner while in the program in order to be a member of the top 15u team.
“I like receiver because when I first started playing, I was a receiver. Catching the football feels really natural to me.”
While making the transition comes natural to Evans it was still a tough spill to swallow because he has been a decorated youth quarterback.
He led his Pop Warner to team to a state and regional title while in the 8th grade. Evans also earned an invite to the Diamond All-American Game where he received MVP honors.
Evans made the most of his opportunities while suiting up for BOOM and helped the team finish runner-up for the national championship. He made several big grabs for the team throughout the final two tournaments of the season.
In the past BOOM athletes Dre Brown (Illinois), Sam Brodner (Wisconsin) and Jayshon Jackson (Cincinnati) all played different positions in order to help their recruiting stock.
While the move to wide receiver is not permanent, Evans is willing to do anything to help the team win.