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Mike Evans Was Destined to Be a Basketball Star, Then Football Happened

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Mike Evans Was Destined to Be a Basketball Star, Then Football Happened

Mike Evans looks like he was born to be an All-Pro wide receiver.

He's got the perfect blend of size, speed and athleticism to dominate cornerbacks and haul in tough catches.

But many of those skills were built on the hardwood—not the gridiron.

Evans began playing basketball at an early age and was a standout player at Ball High School (Galveston, Texas).

He's compared his skillset to that of Marcus Smart, and Evans once looked destined to accept an offer from the University of Texas to play basketball.

However, the football coaches at Ball convinced Evans to come out for the team during his senior season.

"I didn't want to be bored—I just wanted to play multiple sports and have a fun senior year," Evans told the Hoops Hype podcast of why he chose to play football despite already having multiple full ride offers for basketball. 

Evans went on to total 648 receiving yards during his lone high school season while also making severals starts at safety.

His eye-popping blend of size and athleticism led Texas A&M to offer the raw prospect a football scholarship.

After weighing his options, Evans eventually chose football, as he believed he possessed "a higher ceiling" in the sport.

Although Evans now uses his 6-foot-5 frame and 35-inch vertical jump to win jump balls in the red zone, you better believe he can still throw down some rim-rattling jams.

"At receiver you get a lot of jump balls," Evans once told USA Today. "Playing basketball helped me with my timing, quickness and getting off press [coverage]. I incorporated all of that in my game. I was a bruiser at basketball."