There are a lot of quarterbacks around the country that are making a lot of noise right now and a name that is flying under the radar nationally is Miami Central High School (Miami, FL) 2024 QB JC Evans. At 6’5, 215 pounds with 4.57/40 speed, Evans is one of the most athletic quarterbacks that you will see in the 2024 class around, and he has shown his athleticism in not one, but two of the biggest football states in Texas and Florida.
“I would say the most noticeable difference between Texas and Florida is how smart some of the players down in South Florida are. Just from spring ball, I was able to tell how vocal the players are on the field, and also of course, the amazing speed down there as well.”
Traveling has been something that Evans has been used to since he was a little kid.
“An interesting fact about me is I have moved seven times in my lifetime and have traveled a lot and have gotten the chance to travel all around Europe as well.”
In terms of football, Evans started his prep career playing for Brandeis High School in San Antonio, Texas where he excelled at the 6A level playing for the Broncos. In his last season there, the dual threat quarterback saved his best season in Texas for last where in his second year as a varsity starter, led the Broncos to a 10-3 season where he made 1st Team All-District by completing 106 of 169 passes for 1,421 yards and 11 touchdowns while carrying the ball 98 times for 512 yards and 12 more touchdowns.
“My biggest strength as a quarterback is how efficient I am able to read a defense and I make sure my team is never in a bad play.”
Being a dual threat quarterback that can beat you with his arm and his legs, Evans models his game after some other athletic quarterbacks.
“I like to model my game after Caleb Williams. I admire what he has accomplished at USC and his short time at Oklahoma. I also respect how he is always able to make a play with his legs or his arm at any moment and he makes the defense pay with either. I also admire Josh Allen’s game and what he has been able to accomplish.”
With a big, physical frame, a rocket arm, and the ability to run for big plays, Evans has all the physical measureables to be a great quarterback just like the ones he mentioned, and now, he is working on the mental side of the game.
“The most important quality a quarterback should have is being a leader. If my team feels they can’t trust me as a player to lead the team and pick them up when they’re down, then I cannot be a quarterback.”
“The one thing I will improve on this year is fully embracing that leadership role that has been left open from last year and focusing on being more vocal at all times.”
His leadership has been on display this past season when he led the Broncos to a comeback last fall.
“A game that sticks out to me the most occurred when we played Johnson last year and we were down 24-7 in the fourth quarter, but my team never stopped fighting and we were able to score 28 points in the fourth quarter and win one of the biggest games of our season.”
Those leadership skills will be tested in 2023 as Evans and his family made the move to Miami, Florida where the veteran Texas quarterback will spend his final year of high school football playing for one of the biggest powerhouse programs in the state of Florida in Miami Central.
“Going from leading a team for three years to trying to build and gain the confidence of players that have won a lot of state championships. I am learning protection calls, reading defenses pre-snap, and learning.”
“The thing I will miss most would be the love fans showed at pretty much every single game, but I am also excited and ready for a new culture at Miami Central as well.”
Evans has gone to a good place in order to learn and get better as the Miami Central Rockets are coming off their fourth straight state championship and the new Rockets quarterback would love nothing more than to continue the dominant program’s winning ways for a potential fifth straight state championship.
“I have a chance to practice with and against some of the best talent in the country. I’m getting college-like reps everyday because my defense is filled with amazing players who are four and five star players.”
“My goals for my senior season is to win a national championship, a state championship, and complete the DriveForFive. I also want to show the world what I am able to do playing quarterback at the highest level of high school football.”
Practicing against some of the top players in the country that also happen to be on his team helps him elevate his game even more, which will also help improve his game in the fall when the Rockets play some of the best teams in the nation.
“I definitely feel like I have something to prove this upcoming season. I plan on showing a lot of the doubters just what I can do playing quarterback with a national schedule.”
Right now, Evans’ pure athleticism and physical skillset along with his 3.7 GPA has given him the opportunity to be recruited by some DI programs including Appalachian State, Dartmouth, Incarnate Word, Jacksonville State, UMass, Mercer, and UTSA to name a few.
“The recruiting process has been well for me, but I still think there is plenty work for me to do and there is no doubt in my mind I will put whatever work in necessary. A couple of schools that stand out to me are Florida Atlantic University, Oregon State, and Boston College.”
Being in Florida is not a strange sight for the Evans family as his father Cedric Evans played football at the University of Florida.
“A school I always idolized was the University of Florida. My dad was fortunate enough to play football there and it is also where he met my mom as well so my family were big gator fans pretty much my whole life.”
“My dad has had a huge impact with my football journey. He has been there every step of the way ever since I was six years old putting my pads on for the first time. He coached me all the way up until the sixth grade and I am truly grateful for what he has done for me.”
JC Evans has had plenty of family members play college football at Miami, Florida, Clemson, Nevada, and Florida State. There is no doubt about it that JC has all of the necessary tools to be the next name in the family legacy to continue that tradition in the near future.
“I have a high football IQ and I will come to school ready to play. We call all of our line protections, and I am able to process pre-snap and post snap reads in an instant. Finally, being at Miami Central has allowed me to become a complete QB.”