Penn State has added what is likely one of the final pieces to its 2022 recruiting class with the commitment of Texas speedster Omari Evans.
The Nittany Lions first offered Evans in late June of this year – well after most of his other offers had come in. With the circumstances of 2020 with the recruiting dead-period, it's not all that surprising that the staff wanted to see him in person before extending the offer. Still, it speaks to how drawn Evans felt to Happy Valley that the Lions won out here despite getting truly involved so late.
The Evans File
- Class: 2022
- Size: 6'0/170 lbs
- Pos: WR
- School: Shoemaker (Killeen, TX)
- Composite Rating: ★★★ (0.8466)
- Composite Rank: #1125 overall
Evans chose Penn State primarily over Rutgers, which was seen as the primary competition in the end. He also, however, held offers from Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State, among others.
Evans does it all for Shoemaker. To this point in the 2021 high school season, Evans is 18/45 passing for 260 yards and 2 touchdowns and has carried the ball 35 times for 182 yards. He is also currently serving as the team's punter, averaging 36.1 yards per punt with a long of 49.
Aside from the versatility, the thing that made Evans a hot commodity is his elite speed and athleticism. It's hard not to be excited by the potential of an athlete who can long jump 23'11" and run the 300-meter hurdles in 38.45 seconds.
Despite limited time at the position in highs school, Evans is likely ticketed to be a receiver In Happy Valley and could be the next Nittany Lion to uncork a pass on a trick play or two thanks to his quarterback experience.
Evans becomes commitment No. 26 in the 2022 Penn State class. Thanks to a recent rule change, the 25-man limit no longer applies for recruiting classes, and the only number to really worry about is the 85-man scholarship limit. Evans is the fourth receiver to join the class, along with Kaden Saunders, Anthony Ivey, and Tyler Johnson. The Nittany Lions remain the No. 1-ranked class in the 2022 cycle.