Evans, who is from Virginia Beach, Virginia, signed with the Pack in the 2021 class out of Frank W. Cox High. He recorded his lone career tackle his true freshman season against USF. The cornerback also played in a reserve role throughout the 2022 season.
He shared his decision to transfer on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
“After careful consideration and lengthy discussions with my family. I will be entering my name into the transfer portal as a Redshirt Sophomore with 2 years of Eligibility left. Forever grateful for WPN & the coaches at N.C. State!”
Evans was a three-star prospect coming out of high school, ranking as the No. 45 ATH nationally, the No. 836 recruit overall and the No. 19 player in Virginia. He picked NC State over offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Tennessee and others.
During the 2022 season, he played a total of 19 snaps, including 5 on the punt return unit. The other 14 came at outside cornerback against Charleston Southern.
The cornerback is the seventh Wolfpack player to declare their intention to enter the portal this season and the fifth to do so this week.
*** Defensive back Darius Edmundson
*** Wide receiver Anthony Smith
*** Tight end Christopher Toudle
*** Running back Jordan Houston
*** Running back Michael Allen
*** Linebacker Daejuan Thompson
Based on TheWolfpacker.com’s scholarship count, Evans’ departure would bring NC State down to 85 total scholarships for the 2024 season once the 20 prep signees officially join the program.
Transfer portal background information
The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.
The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.
Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.
The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.
A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.