The Cougars put a premium on bringing in offensive linemen in the last recruiting cycle. Mike Leach frequently brings in unheralded hosses with big frames who can put on a lot of weight and grow into their frame. Redshirt freshman Brandon Evers definitely fits the bill with his 6'6, 284-pound frame.
Evers spent his first season in Pullman last year, although he didn't see the field during a redshirt season. He signed with WSU as part of the 2014 Recruiting class out of Redding, Calif. Evers really emerged in his senior year in high school. His late emergence may have been why he wasn't more highly recruited as San Diego State was his only other reported offer. He was named first team all-state by Cal-Hi sports as a senior after being honorable mention all-league as a junior.
After redshirting last season, Evers will enter his redshirt freshman season and would be eligible to see playing time this season. With the starting offensive line returning, Evers doesn't figure to break into that group this season, barring injury. Evers, however, could compete for a spot in the two-deep and even see some playing time during blowouts. He appears to have some ground to make up if that is going to happen as Evers was not listed in the two-deep on the post-spring depth chart.
One big question
Will Evers develop the way coaches hope and justify his scholarship? According to the scouting services, Evers was not offered by any other power schools, so this is a big test of the coaches ability to evaluate talent. Reinforcements on the o-line will be needed for the future success of this team. Evers could be a big part of that as he will enter his upperclassman seasons right as spots on WSU's starting offensive line open.
Name - Brandon Evers
Position - Offensive Line
Year - Redshirt freshman
Height/weight - 6'6, 284 pounds
Hometown - Redding, Calif.