Palmer Ridge QB Ty Evans named 2017 Colorado football Gatorade Player of the Year

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Photo - Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans scrambles with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett,  The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans scrambles with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans has aspirations to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

While he's still a ways away from Canton, Ohio, Evans has already written his name in Colorado football history.

The Gatorade Company has named Evans as the 2017-18 Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year, as announced Monday morning.

He is the second area football player in three years to earn the title and the first from Palmer Ridge. JoJo Domann of Pine Creek was the last area recipient in 2015-16.

As a second-year starter Evans racked up 3,659 passing yards and 42 touchdowns on the way to a perfect 14-0 season.

Evans capped off his stellar junior year by leading the Bears to their first-ever state title in a 46-21 win over Erie in which he threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, completing 17 of 23 attempts.

Through three seasons at Palmer Ridge, Evans has 6,788 passing yards and 73 touchdowns. He is one of the state's most consistent quarterbacks with a .613 completion percentage and has thrown just 12 interceptions in his career.

FALL PEAK PERFORMERS 2017
Ty Evans, Palmer Ridge
Ty Evans, Palmer Ridge football

The Gatorade Player of the Year press release said, "In addition to being active in his church community, neighborhood clean-up efforts in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities and the Habitat for Humanity, Evans coaches and referees youth football while also serving on the Principal’s Leadership Advisory Committee at his school. Evans has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom. He remains undecided on his collegiate destination."

Evans was previously committed to continue his football career at the University of Arkansas, but withdrew his commitment and reopened his recruiting after the Razorbacks fired head coach Bret Bielema on Nov. 25.

Evans will have the opportunity to select a youth sports organization to receive a $1,000 grant as a part of the Gatorade Pay it Forward program. According to the release, Evans may also enter for an addition $10,000 grant for the organization by writing a brief essay explaining why his selected organization deserves additional support.