TE Mitchell Evans, 6-7, 246; Wadsworth (Ohio) High
Rivals ranking: Three stars, No. 24 tight end.
247Sports ranking: Three stars, No. 21 tight end, No. 506 overall.
Notable numbers: 163-of-299 for 2,131 yards and 25 touchdowns with six interceptions and 88 carries for 440 yards and six scores; 21 punts for 971 yards (46.2-yard average) with a long of 57 yards across eight games this season.
Enrolling early? Yes.
Birthday: March 18, 2003.
First scholarship offer: Toledo.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: “The moment I was on campus (in July). It just clicked for me, and I knew I wanted to be a part of the program and the school.”
What I’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic: “Nothing is guaranteed. During the football season, we had a game get canceled. And we didn’t even know if we were going to play. It was week by week, or even day by day, if we were going to suit up and play.”
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Approachable.
Best player I’ve played against: Toledo freshman defensive lineman Jaelen Crider (2019 class).
Most interesting fact about myself: “I still have four baby teeth.”
Most embarrassing song on my playlist: “What Makes You Beautiful” — One Direction.
Most controversial opinion: “Ranch is disgusting. That’s nasty. It’s terrible.”
Dream job (other than the NFL): IMSA racing.
NFL player comparison: Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Freshman year expectations: “It’s going to be a change. It’s going to be hard and a huge step up from high school. But I know I’m going to adjust. It’s going to be a huge step up from little high school to college. Life. The lifting. The football, it’s going to be 100 percent way better. I’m used to playing against average kids, but now I’m going against the best players from every school. It’s going to be hard. But I know I’m going to get a lot of help to make it as easy as possible.”
Favorite thing about football: “The memories outside of football. Like creating friendships off the field, because you are always with those guys. You get to know people on a personal level.”
What’s your best sport other than football? Basketball.
Sports idol: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Preferred social media: TikTok.
Favorite musician/band: Lil Tjay.
Favorite TV show: “That ‘70s Show.”
Favorite movie: “Transformers.”
Celebrity crush: Jennifer Aniston.
How many times have you watched Rudy? Three.
Most used emoji: 🤣