The Nevada Wolf Pack football team looked to Sin City to pick up a commitment for its next recruiting class.
On Friday night, the Wolf Pack received a verbal commitment from quarterback Jamaal Evans as part of Nevada's 2017 recruiting class. Evans is a 6-foot-2 205-pound dual threat quarterback who plays for Centennial High School in Las Vegas which is one of the top teams in the state. In his junior year, which was also his first year as a varsity starter, Evans completed 56 percent of his passes, threw 1,807 yards and threw 20 touchdowns. Evans also rushed for 565 yards and 16 touchdowns last year as well.
A two-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Evans received offers from UNLV, Idaho, and Adams State before giving his verbal commitment to Nevada. Evans told the Las Vegas Sun that the offense that is being installed by new Nevada offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey (who was an assistant under Chip Kelly when Kelly was at New Hampshire) was a big plus. "The new offensive coordinator was with Chip Kelly," Evans said told the Sun. "His style fits my style." Evans runs a read option offense at Centennial which is based out of the Pistol formation.
Nevada concluded spring camp last month with six scholarship quarterbacks on the roster: Tyler Stewart, Ty Gangi, Hunter Fralick, Dante Mayes, Cristian Solano and Austin Kafentzis. Baylor Romney, who was a part of the 2015 Nevada recruiting class before going on a Mormon mission, could also be on the roster next year. Head coach Brian Polian has said that position changes could be made to whittle down the number of quarterbacks on Nevada's roster. Evans is the first quarterback from Las Vegas to commit to the Wolf Pack since 2012 when Hassan Henderson committed to the Wolf Pack. Henderson is now a standout senior wide receiver for the Wolf Pack after making the move from quarterback to that position.
Verbal commitments are not binding so Evans cannot sign the letter of intent with Nevada until February when the signing period starts.