It is extremely unusual for City League football players to play in the Ivy League, but Scott Evans is ready to make the unlikely journey.
Evans, a senior lineman at Brashear High School and one of the top players in the City League, is going to the top of the Ivy League chain. He has decided to play next season at Harvard.
Ivy League schools don't give athletic scholarships, but Evans attended a football camp at Harvard and was recruited by the Crimson coaching staff. He recently gave a verbal commitment to Harvard.
"I played here and have been around this program and City League football for about 20 years," Brashear coach Rick Murphy said. "I know there haven't been many kids involved with Ivy League schools, let alone Harvard. Maybe not football-wise, but, with Harvard, you're talking about the Alabama of academic schools.
"Penn, Princeton, Harvard, Bucknell -- they were all interested in him, schools from the Ivy League and Patriot League. A lot of schools that wouldn't even let me clean their floors."
Getting a spot on an Ivy League team has been a goal for Evans, a Sheraden resident and son of a Pittsburgh homicide detective (Scott Sr.) and preschool teacher (Maureen). Evans, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound offensive tackle and defensive end, told Murphy this spring that he hoped to be recruited by Ivy League and Patriot League schools. Well-spoken Evans has a 3.97 grade-point average and a 4.67 average with weighted classes. He scored 1,870 on the three-part SAT.
"I was always kind of looking at Ivy League and Patriot League schools because, to me, education comes first, and they have the best combination of athletics and education," Evans said. "I visited Duquesne this summer, I went to Pitt's prospect camp and went to Harvard's camp. When I went to Harvard's camp, and they offered me a spot, I knew it was the place for me. I called the coach a couple days later and committed."
Evans is making Murphy, Brashear and the City League proud.
"People tend to look down on the City League and especially City League athletes," Evans said. "They just assume City League athletes don't get good grades. But I believe whatever school you go to, you can do the best with what you have. You just have to work for it. I'm definitely proud."