One of the most complete athletes in the Class of 2014 from Washington is off the board today. Asan Neil-Evergin who plays for Timberline High School has pledged himself to the Eastern Washington Eagles. He will make his home for the 4 years after his High School years are over up in Cheney, Washington and play for Coach Beau Baldwin.
“It’s official. I confirmed it yesterday with Coach and he was really happy as am I and my whole family,” said Asan who just returned home from the hospital after staying a few days due to an injury he received last week. “Coach called last week after I was hurt to check on me and we talked about me committing and all of that. This is a great fit for me and my family and I could not be happier.”
The injury ended up being a lacerated spleen which could have been pretty serious and can be life threatening. Asan had become sick before the game started last week in warm ups and asked for water. After a few more plays he became dizzy and it was clear something was wrong. He was taken to the hospital and scans showed the laceration and internal bleeding. He was stabilized and monitored for a few days and once medical staff concluded the internal bleeding had completely stopped he was allowed to return home.
“I will be ok. It will take a couple of months or maybe more for the injury to heal up 100% so I am not allowed to play anymore for my team,” said Asan understandable down but trying to look at the end of his High School Career philosophically. “I will of course be there for the team as a leader but I will not be able to suit up and be on the field competing with them anymore.”
We laughed as he said he would be the cameraman or carry water if Coach wanted him too. He plans to study the coaching and inner working of the offense and defense and increase his football IQ on offense and defense as well as lead the team from the sidelines.
“I was told that I will project on defense at corner and on offense in the slot as a back and I am fine playing either at EWU. Believe me as soon as I can I will be training as much as ever and I plan to be as good as I can be when I get there.”
The kid is a phenomenal athlete and seeing his physique one immediately understands the level of work he puts in. He has been on our recruiting watch lists for 2 seasons as a top 2 way star, is a Nike Camp MVP, and attended the Army All American Combine this past January in San Antonio, Texas.
Coach Eric Jackson who has a thriving academic recruiting service here in the NW has worked with Asan and his family on insuring his grades and transcripts were all solid and just mentoring him through the process.
Asan is a great athlete but what made him standout was the fact he made himself available by working out at camps (Nike, NWEFC), The Elite 11, and showed and showcased his skills for college coaches so they had the opportunity to coach him. Asan and his family also benefited from coach j, academic coach by understanding having an academic advocate who has been a college coach. I really gave them an infinite amount of knowledge and prepared them for the school and recruiting calendar,” offered Jackson who charges about $500 total. “This is what the service is about; jump starting the conversation about athletes academics then seeing it through to achieve their goals.”
In fact Beau Baldwin saw Asan work out at the Cole Morgan and Eddie Behringer led Northwest Elite Football Camp June 7th at Mercer Island High School. That camp featured over 120 college coaches and Asan was a top performer and of course stood out. His recruitment with EWU took off from there. As we have said over and over it is not how many camps you attend it is which camps and putting yourself always in a position to be seen by the College Coaches first and foremost.
Jackson, who coached 28 years in the D-1 ranks before setting up this service, added, “The other thing I would add is that Asan understood the amount of work and commitment it was going to take to achieve his goal, it wasn’t lip service. He was ready and had intention every time we spoke.”
We will miss seeing Asan tearing it up all over the field again this year at Timberline and it is always tough to see the Boys of Fall end their careers; especially on terms less then ideal. But this young man is going to move on to play Saturdays and that makes us warm and fuzzy inside.
Great job Asan. You are a shining star and we appreciated the many stories and conversations we have shared. Continue to stay in touch as our readers will always be here to support you and all the kids of the NW.
More to follow.