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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Film Don't Lie | Mitchell Evans

July 31, 2020
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Notre Dame might have the most talented tight end room in the country and they are preparing to add two more to it in this recruiting. The first they have had in the fold for a while in Cane Berrong‍. The second just committed in big Mitchell Evans‍.

Big is one thing, but it’s his athleticism at that size that makes Evan such an intriguing prospect. Though he is raw in many areas of his game, he has the physical tools to develop into a special player at Notre Dame.

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 240

Projected Position: Tight end

ISD Grade: 92 (4-star)

National Average Grade: 89.7 (4-star)

What he does best:

The first play of his highlight tape shows a lot with the way a player his size can move. He is lined up at quarterback, where he is expected to play this season, and takes a long run to the house. Here he is lined up out wide and guys who are 6’7” 240 aren’t supposed to look like this.

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It’s impressive.

He’s a big, skilled athlete who can do damage after the catch. Anyone that big can be a tackle breaker, but he has the agility to actually make a defender or two miss.

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He can win with his size and body positioning the red zone. Evans is going to be a difficult matchup for any defender isolated against him.

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Though there are not many plays of him blocking in-line, he displays good pop and an ability to fit his block in space. There are some flashes of nasty like when he’s an H-back as a lead blocker like he was on this play.

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What he needs to improve:

He has a long way to go as a route runner. He’s not sharp out of his breaks because he doesn’t have to be, but that won’t be the case in college. Evans flashes short area quickness that shows he can be much better than he is right now.

Though he can be dominant as a blocker, he has the ability to be outstanding if he can play with consistent leverage as well as being meaner. He has the size to be an in-line option, but will need time to refine his blocking.

What’s his ceiling?

My grade is higher on him because of his ceiling. He could be a monster with the size to be a force in-line and the athleticism to be a beast after the catch.

At a place like Notre Dame, he won’t be rushed onto the field because of the depth in front of him and he’ll need that time to develop, but if he puts in the work he has all of the tools that project for him to become another NFL draft pick at tight end for the Irish.

 
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