RB Tiyon Evans (5-10 200) of Hutchinson JC, KS was one of the state’s most dynamic running backs in 2017 and 2018 at Hartsville High School. USC was very interested in him at the time and he liked the Gamecocks. But his grades were a barrier for an offer at the time. That’s no longer a issue. Thursday night Evans got the call from Gamecock running backs coach Bobby Bentley with the good news.
“He was telling me how I would have had an offer but they needed to make sure I was going to be a grad in December and qualify, so I guess they found that out,” Evans said. “We had a conversation last night (Thursday) and he told me I had the offer. I was excited. Coming out of high school, it was the only school I knew. I was heavy on that school and I always wanted that offer and I never got it. I finally got it and I feel great now.”
The offer also proved to Evans all his hard work on and off the field is paying off.
“I put myself in this situation to having to go JUCO, so I would have had to put in the hard work no matter what,” he said.
Evans also has offers from Tennessee, Maryland, Auburn and East Carolina, and more are certain to come. As happy as he was with the Gamecock offer, however, he doesn’t want to rush into a decision.
“I’m going to take my time,” Evans said. “I know USC is one of my tops no matter what. As of right now my top schools are USC and Tennessee.”
Last season at Hutch, Evans rushed for 538 yards on 68 carries, averaging 8.8 yards per carry. He had 9 rushing touchdowns and another on a reception.