Joseph Evans’ first scholarship offer came from his dream school.
He didn’t wait long to act on it.
LSU offered the 6-foot-1, 300-pound 2019 defensive tackle from Haynesville on Friday, and he made his commitment Sunday in a phone call with coach Ed Orgeron.
“Haynesville coaches submitted video of Joseph to Coach O,” said Frank Evans, Joseph’s father. “Coach O made the trip up to Haynesville High and saw Joseph. He texted me (Friday) and asked me to call him. He said, ‘We want to offer Joseph a scholarship to LSU.’ That’s what Joseph and I had talked about since he was a freshman.”
Evans becomes LSU’s seventh commitment of a 2019 recruiting class that now ranks fourth in the nation. He’s the first defensive front seven pledge of the class. He joins offensive linemen Kenyon Green, Kardell Thomas and Thomas Perry, cornerback Maurice Hampton, running back Tyrion Davis and long snapper Quentin Skinner.
Evans has not been ranked by 247Sports.com, and his offer sheet was at zero before LSU’s offer Friday. Orgeron prides himself in identifying prospects, especially defensive linemen, and offering them before any other school.
Evans’ only college interest came in a completely different sport. He received a letter from Yale last year for his skills as a shot putter, his father said. Evans finished undefeated last year in the shot put.
Haynesville coaches pulled him out of class Friday to receive the offer news from Orgeron during a phone call.
“He said, ‘Got good news.’ He offered me,’” Evans said. “I was ecstatic and shocked that a coach from LSU would call and think about me.”
Evans plays both offensive and defensive tackle for Haynesville. He’ll likely play on the defensive side for the Tigers, his father said.
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