Yesterday was the Junior College National Signing Day for college football, meaning that players at that level who intend to enroll at their new school in January can sign their letters of intent early. Of course the normal signing period is during the first week of February. But the early signing period allows for JUCO players to get on campus before most of the rest of their class and get a leg up heading into the following season. Considering they only have two, sometimes three, years to develop and see the field (as opposed to four or five with high school recruits), getting to campus and learning the new playbook is critical for them.
For the Bearcats we have one confirmed early JUCO signee and that player is quarterback Jarred Evans from Santa Barbara Community College. You can read all about him in his Cincy on the Prowl recruit profile below.
Below is a snippet from that piece.
Evans is a tall quarterback with long arms. That is advantageous in that he can generate quite a bit of zip on the football on long passes. But sometimes for quarterbacks with long arms it can cause their wind up to be slow and methodical, allowing defenders an extra second or so to understand his intentions and swat the pass down. Not with Evans. He seems to have a short, compact delivery which helps him get the ball out of his hand quickly.
For Evans, he has a strong opportunity to position himself on the two-deep next season. Like I mentioned, since he’ll be joining the Bearcats next month, the quarterback will have several more months to study the playbook and work with the coaches than if he had come to campus over the Summer like most recruits. Plus, with Brendon Kay graduating, there really is no clear cut front runner to take over the job next season. We have no idea if Bennie Coney will sharpen his skills and elevate his game, if Gunner Kiel will live up to the hype he garnered as a five-star recruit coming out of high school, or if Munchie Legaux will be physically and mentally ready to strap on the helmet again.
Thus this gives Jarred Evans as strong a chance as any of them to take over the starting role in 2014. We’ll just have to see how it plays out but for now we welcome him as the first signee of the 2014 class. Evans himself seems pretty excited about it.
Morgan Nevin (Sacramento St) & Jarred Evans (Cincinnati) sign letters-of-intent to play football at the 4-year level. pic.twitter.com/OQmYDwcWcO
— SBCCVaqueros (@SBCCVaqueros) December 18, 2013