Desmond Evans

  • Pos Edge
  • Height 6-6.25
  • Weight 265

Prospect Info

  • High School Lee County
  • City Sanford, NC
  • Exp 2020 - ...

North Carolina Tar Heels

  • Jersey #10
  • Class JR

As a Prospect

247Sports Composite®

0.9774
  • Class 2020
  • Committed 10/18/2019
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H.S. Scouting Report

Evaluated 09/14/2018

Charles Power
Charles Power National writer

Projection

First Round

Comparison

Jason Pierre-Paul Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Has a tall, angular build. Has added some bulk in recent years, but still considerable room for growth. Long-limbed and built like a basketball power forward. Owns a high-level first step and initial quickness off the ball. Is often in the backfield a split-second after the snap. Dominates the competition with his physical tools. Highly productive with 25 tackles for loss and 12 sacks as a high school junior. Is at his best when shooting gaps and using his length and range to make plays in pursuit. Shows desirable effort and physicality in finishing plays. Still developing as a pass rusher from a technical standpoint. Will also need to improve his strength at the point of attack. As one of the more talented edge players in the 2020 cycle, projects as a high level Power 5 player with the upside of developing into a first-round draft pick.

Athletic Background

A five-star prospect tabbed as the state’s No. 1 player, the nation’s top-ranked defensive end, and the nation’s second-ranked player overall according to ESPN • A member of the ESPN300 • Listed as the No. 2 player in North Carolina, the nation’s second-ranked weakside defensive end, and the nation’s No. 32 player overall in the 247Sports Composite • Ranked as the No. 2 player in the state and the second-ranked weakside defensive end in the nation according to Rivals • Invited to play in the Under Armour All-America game • Selected to play in the 2019 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas • Tallied 190 tackles, 37 sacks, 60 TFL, 23 pressures, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his three prep seasons • An NCPreps.com all-state selection as a senior • Named first-team all-state by MaxPreps • Led Lee County to a 15-1 record, a conference championship, a region championship and a spot in the state championship game • Posted 76 tackles, 11 sacks, 35 TFL, six pressures, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery • Ranked 10th in USA Today’s Chosen 25, a list of the nation’s top players entering 2019 • Was a preseason all-state selection by NCPreps.com and MaxPreps • Ranked as the No. 1 player on the Fayetteville Observer’s preseason Top 50 list • Tabbed second-team ALL-USA North Carolina by USA Today as a junior • Named to the All-East team • Led Lee County to an 11-1 record, a conference title and 3AA state playoffs • Recorded 69 tackles, 12 sacks, 25 TFL, 16 pressures, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt • Named first-team all-state as a sophomore • Helped the Yellow Jackets finish 12-1 including a trip to the second round of the 3AA playoffs • Posted 45 tackles, 14 sacks and a fumble recovery • Also competed in basketball at Lee County, averaging 11 points and six rebounds per game as a junior • Coached by Steve Burdeau.

Skills

  • - Pursuit 9
  • - Closing Speed 9
  • - First Step 9
  • - Athleticism 9
  • - Frame 9
  • - Hand Quickness 8
  • - Instincts 8
  • - Point of Attack 7
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