November 26, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Omari Evans

Shoemaker High School junior, Omari Evans is a four-sport standout listed at 6’3 and 190 pounds. He plays for the Grey Wolves in Killeen, TX. He’s a very versatile player being that he plays football, track, basketball, and baseball and he plays on both sides of the ball; he plays safety, corner, running back, quarterback, and wide receiver. He credits his speed and endurance to basketball and track and hand-eye coordination to baseball; all of which contribute to his performance on the football field. Omari runs a 4.4-second 40-yard and a 10.8-second 100-meter dash. During his sophomore season, he played quarterback primarily and he contributed to Shoemaker’s 7-4 record and Texas 6A D-I first-round playoff appearance. Omari currently has offers from Arkansas, Boston College, New Mexico, SMU, Utah, Washington State, and various other schools.

When did you start playing football? What made you want to play this sport?

I started playing in the fourth grade. My friends, I used to go to their practices, and I wanted to see if it was fun. 

You also play basketball, track, and baseball! Talk about your positions and how they help you on the football field.

Basketball makes me quicker and track made me faster too. Baseball helps with my hand-eye coordination.

What is your favorite thing about playing football in Texas?

Scoring touchdowns.

What would you bring to a college team and what are you looking for out of one?

I would bring energy and leadership. I’m looking for a team that will make me feel like family, good coaches, and good teammates.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Playing in the NFL.

How do you prepare for upcoming games?

Go full speed at practice, pay attention, and just do my job.

Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?

Yes. I like to fish and play the game.

How often do you think you watch film?

A lot. Like four times before the game and four days out of the week.

Have you thought about what you would like to study in college?

Yes! I want to be a veterinarian.

Omari Evans, Shoemaker Grey Wolves, Class of ’22

How hard was it for you to stay in shape since the beginning of the pandemic?

Actually, it’s been pretty hard because I wasn’t really running or doing anything. Just staying in the house. Towards the end, I started running a little bit more.

Are there any individual stats you are trying to chase?

Just get accolades in the district and win state.

Do you have a favorite NFL or college athlete?

Yes! Lamar Jackson.

What is something you would like to improve on?

Not to second guess myself and my throwing.

What challenges did you come across in getting to where you are at today?

Fitting in on the offensive side with a lot of seniors and upperclassmen. 

What are your strengths as both an athlete and a person?

I have a good heart and my speed.

For major games, how do you handle pressure?

I handle it like any other thing. I treat it like any other game. Just focus on that week.

Who has been the most influential person in your life?

My mom because she always gets through every situation. I’ve watched her do it.