NASHVILLE --- Former Tennessee State football player Samquan Evans was honored and inducted into the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County High School Sports Hall of Fame on May 5. Evans who played four seasons with the Tigers (2011-14) after prepping at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. was the youngest member ever to be inducted.
Candidates are chosen on the basis of playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship and their contributions to the team or teams on which they played. The inductees must meet the required criteria for acceptance. The individual must have graduated high school at least five years prior to nomination, have participated and lettered in at least one Varsity Sport, as well as receive other athletic honors; namely, All City County, All Conference, and/or All State, East-West All-stars, Shrine Bowl, All American or special honors awarded by the High school to the player(s). Also, the candidate must have been of outstanding character and held in high esteem by his/her peers.
Evans was a two sport athlete at Carver High in football and wrestling. On the gridiron, Evans was a four-time All-Conference, All-City and All-County selection. He was the 2009 CHS Defensive Player of the Year and was named the Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was named an All-Northwestern selection in 2009 and 2010. He added more accolades in 2010 when he was honored as the Forsyth County Defensive Player of the Year, named the NCHSAA 2A State Defensive Player of the Game, earned an All-State spot and was chosen to play in the East-West All-Star Game. Evans capped off his prep career when he was selected the 2011 CHS Athlete of the Year and was on the ESPN Top 25 Players in North Carolina list.
As a wrestler, Evans was the Rookie of the Year in 2009 and selected All-Conference in 2009 and 2010. Also in 2010, he earned the Conference Wrestler of the Year award.
Evans accepted a full scholarship to Tennessee State, where he played in each of his four seasons for the Big Blue. The North Carolina native made 128 tackles as a defensive tackle and had 33.0 tackles-for-loss with 15.5 sacks. Evans was a 2014 Ohio Valley Conference First Team selection and graduated from TSU with a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology.