Evan Baylis: The Two-Way Prospect

#32 Tight End Evan Baylis

For tight ends coach Tom Osborne, recruiting good tight ends to Oregon is becoming an increasingly easier job. With four tight ends on current NFL rosters (Dante Rosario, Brandon Williams, Ed Dickson, David Paulson) and Oregon’s recent history of success, the Ducks are a premier destination for elite high school players at the position. No position group on Oregon’s roster has more talented depth.  Even if Colt Lyerla leaves after this next season to enter the 2014 NFL draft, the Ducks are in good hands with a guy like Evan Baylis waiting in the wings.

Tom Osborne

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Tight Ends / Special Teams Coach Tom Osborne

Evan Baylis

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Redshirt Freshman Tight End
#32 Evan Baylis

 

Baylis is a 6-foot-6 244-pound product of Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo. A member of the 2012 recruiting class, Baylis garnered a 4-star ranking from Scout, Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN. Although Baylis ultimately signed with Oregon, he had received offers from Stanford, UCLA, Michigan, Arizona and Boise State among others. He was widely regarded as one of the top 10 tight ends in his class.

Baylis’ high school film is impressive. While recruited as a tight end, his defensive film leaves little doubt that he could be an effective BCS-level linebacker. On the offensive side of things Baylis comes across as a prospect with great size and speed. He’s a natural pass-catcher with good, soft hands. Baylis’ size makes him a red-zone weapon and he’s a good intermediate route-runner. He doesn’t have much wiggle; won’t be making Division I defenders miss in the open field. It’s hard to tell what kind of blocker he is, but based on his defensive film, Baylis certainly shows the nastiness and physicality to be effective in this area. At the college level his success will depend on an ability to get stronger and become an effective blocker; there’s little reason to believe these things won’t happen.

Enrolling early, Baylis was able to get a head-start and participate in Spring Practice last year. He wasn’t able to beat out Pharaoh Brown for the backup tight end spot, but a redshirt season likely helped him learn the offense and physically mature. In 2013 Baylis will have a tough time earning minutes with Lyerla and Brown ahead of him on the depth chart, but there are some reasons for optimism. By all accounts Lyerla, barring injury, is going to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. With Colt’s departure, Baylis should have a great opportunity to earn playing time, especially considering that fellow tight ends Koa Ka’ai and T.J. Daniel may ultimately end up on the defensive side of the ball.

If all else fails, Baylis could always move to inside linebacker, which he appears to have the skill-set to play. As evidenced on his defensive film, he takes great angles and plays downhill with an exciting violence to his game. That said, a switch to defense doesn’t seem likely. Baylis was brought in as a tight end and although immediate playing time might not be in the cards, he’s only one injury away from getting a chance. Additionally, he’ll have a great opportunity to play in 2014 as a redshirt sophomore.

This next season Baylis should focus on continuing to develop physically and learn the playbook inside and out. Depending on what happens with Ka’ai and Daniel, Baylis could end up as the third string tight end. Come 2014, expect him to compete with incoming freshman Johnny Mundt for a spot in the two-deep. Baylis might be an unknown commodity, but he’s a talented prospect with the potential to be a difference-maker at Oregon down the road.

Featured image at top of page – courtesy Kevin Cline

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Chris Charbonnier

Chris Charbonnier

Chris was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but made his way to Oregon by the age of five, when he attended his first game at Autzen Stadium. A huge sports fan at a young age, Chris grew up playing football, basketball and golf. Although realizing he isn’t likely to play in the NFL or NBA, Chris still holds on to hopes of being a professional golfer should his unfortunate putting woes take a turn for the better. A bit of a platypus, he attended both Oregon State and Oregon during his collegiate days where he earned a business degree in Finance and Business Administration. Chris works for Daimler Trucks North America in Portland, and plans to get his MBA from the University of Oregon. Chris has been an active member in the recruiting community since 2005. He studies the intricacies of recruiting and is particularly intrigued by talent evaluation techniques. He is currently working on developing his own scouting reports for every scholarship player on the UO roster. Chris lives with his wife, Katrina, and his two-year-old son Lucas (a future dual-threat QB).

  • worldwidewebfoot

    Great! Based on the highlight videos provided, Evan looks like a very good tight end prospect. But, MY GOD, did you see his defensive highlights? He chases ball carriers down like Brian Urlacher, or for those of us of a certain age, like Dick Butkus. ‘Way too good on defense.

    • Chris Charbonnier

      Ya, the LB film is really impressive. If that’s where his heart was, he’d have a spot on this team as a MLB. Not many guys who could legitimately play on either side.

    • SCDuck

      I must agree about Evan’s defensive highlight film – maybe a Kiko Alonzo 2.0?

  • MAITAIDUCK

    I’d love to see Bayless moved to MLB, cause Hes got the skill set to play there”KA Ted Mad Dog Hendricks”, This kid flys to the ball and his angles and speed is very interesting to say the least. One of these days the Duck’s are going to have to move one of these Studs over to LB, it just makes sence.

  • hokieduck

    Given this kid’s skill set and physicality on defense coupled with the fact that the linebacking corps may be the single biggest question for the Ducks to answer on the way to Pasadena (and not on New Years Day) coupled with the depth at TE that we have this year… Evan, go to the dark side, young man. Punish!

  • oregon111

    on his D highlites…

    he reads (doesn’t get fooled) – then accelerates once he ‘sees’ the play

    Kiko & Clay react a lot faster, but that is something Baylis could learn.

    if I were the coach, I’d move him right now to MLB and let Brown/Mundt take the TE position next year after Lyerla bolts