Evans was also the homecoming king last fall. He's the first football player from Waverly to ever receive a full-ride scholarship from Nebraska.
“He's just so competitive in whatever he does, no matter what it is. What we really saw this year over last year was him taking on a leadership role. Tyler didn't have the stats that he had in the past, but he's just the type of kid that it didn't bother him. They're getting a real good kid.” — Waverly coach Mike Johnson
No highlight tape? No problem. Evans earned his scholarship offer from NU despite not having film of himself playing either of the positions (wide receiver and defensive back) that he was projected at for the next level. Coaches saw enough of him in his one day at a summer camp to offer him a scholarship in early August. He committed the same day. A three-sport star for the Vikings, his athleticism and versatility helped draw offers from Ohio and Princeton. One of the state's top basketball players, Evans was getting Division I interest on the hardwood before committing to NU in August. He took a visit to Wichita State and was getting serious looks from Creighton and Nebraska as well after setting his school's single-season scoring record as a junior.
Admittedly an offensive-minded player, after his official visit late last month Evans said he's going to start on that side of the ball at NU. His speed — Evans was the Class B 100-meter champion — will be better displayed at receiver than it was running the wishbone over the past two years. Should he make a switch to defense down the road, Evans would probably play safety, where he had seven interceptions as a junior.