September 1, 2010

MS lineman visiting UA

Morton (MS) defensive tackle Quay Evans made waves as a sophomore when he racked up 96 tackles and 15 sacks in his first year as a starter and the attention from major college programs has been building ever since. Evans, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle, spent his offseason trying to improve his speed without losing any of the tremendous strength that made him a tackling machine a year ago.

"I worked on my speed a lot in the offseason and I feel like I've made a lot of improvement," Evans said. "I'm a lot quicker off the line and I feel like I've gotten there without losing any of my strength or size."

Morton has gotten off to a tough start this season but Evans said he and his fellow upperclassmen are taking it upon themselves to turn the team's fortunes around.

"We can only go as far as our younger players want to go this year. They have to learn how to believe in themselves and take some pride in how they play. I have kind of taken it on myself to be a leader this year and really try and get vocal and try and motivate those guys in practice. I think if you're going to be a leader for your team, you have to make sure that everybody on the team, even the backups, are all playing at the same level with the same mindset."

While an in-state school holds a lead for Evans at the moment, the junior tackle said he's not planning to make a decision this season and the other teams have plenty of chances to make an impression in the coming months.

"I would say I'm leaning towards Mississippi State right now but Alabama is still there and they are after me pretty hard. I grew up an Ole Miss fan too so they are definitely a possibility as well. What I'm looking for is a coaching staff that I feel like will be real with me and not sugarcoat things during the recruiting process."

"I'm going to the Alabama game this Saturday and then I'll be at Mississippi State next Thursday for their game with Auburn. I'm pretty excited to get a feel for the atmosphere at these places and get a chance to see the teams on the field."

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