Hartsville High School’s Jaylen Evans signs with S.C. State University
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Hartsville High School senior defensive back Jaylen Evans signed a national letter of intent Wednesday morning to play football for South Carolina State University.
The Bulldogs offered Evans a scholarship after an outstanding senior season, during which Evans helped guide the Red Foxes to a region title, a Class 4A state championship appearance and a 13-2 overall record.
“This was my dream,” Evans said. “I told my mom I would go to college and she wouldn’t have to pay for it, and I love the school.”
Evans said he intends to study engineering at South Carolina State University.
Hartsville High head football coach Jeff Calabrese described Evans as a “fine young man of hard work and sacrifice” who achieved success both academically and athletically.
Calabrese reflected on a conversation he had with Evans’ father when Evans was only a freshman. At the time Evans played baseball and wanted to try something new. He debuted as a wide receiver in his sophomore year. The follow year, Evans switched to the other side of the ball. By his junior year he became a stalwart defensive back for the Red Foxes.
“So the story is don’t be scared to take a chance in your life to advance yourself, because you never know what you can achieve,” Calabrese said, speaking to a large crowd in the Hartsville High School Arena. “We are very proud of Jaylen today.”
In 2016, Evans accumulated 30 solo tackles and 56 total, including three tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns. He tied the team lead with four interceptions. Evans also notched a punt block and a punt block return for a touchdown.
He was selected to the 2016 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl North-South game, but he was unable to attend due to the Red Foxes’ postseason success.