Palmer Ridge's Ty Evans named Gazette Preps Male Peak Performer of the Year at inaugural prep banquet

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Photo - Ty Evans from Palmer Ridge wins the mens 2018 Peak Performer Award Wednesday June 6, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

Ty Evans from Palmer Ridge wins the mens 2018 Peak Performer Award Wednesday June 6, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

Ty Evans, a rising senior quarterback is using the offseason to his full advantage - but don’t think he’s taking a day off.

Already decorated with the Gazette Preps 3A-1A football Peak Performer of the Year, and 2017 Colorado Football Gatorade Player of the Year honors, Evans added another trophy to his collection Wednesday when he was announced as the 2017-18 Gazette Preps Male Peak Performer of the Year.

“Being one of the best athletes in the area has always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Evans said. “You have to start locally and work your way up to being the best player in the nation.”

Evans was honored along with the 31 other Peak Performers of the Year from 2017-18 at a Peak Performer banquet Wednesday in Colorado Springs.

Evans is using his summer to raise his current three-star rank by competing in the nation’s top quarterback camps and football combines.

This past weekend Evans was invited to an exclusive quarterback camp, The Elite 11, comprised of the 24 best play-callers from the class of 2019. At the end of the three-day combine, which featured drills, simulated pro day workouts, and showcases, Evans was selected as one of the top 12 in the class, earning an invitation to Nike Football’s The Opening Finals in Dallas.

“It was insane,” Evans said. “We did hot yoga at one point, chalk talk for hours. It’s not every day that you get to play with the top 24 quarterbacks in the nation in California, so it was one of those things that I will tell my kids and grandkids about.”

The Opening invites just 166 of the nation’s top performers by position after months of regional competitions, including the Elite 11.

“At any national event like that, the experience and being able to think back to it, that you got there, the confidence you gain to bring back to Colorado and eventually taking that to college was really valuable,” Evans said.

He entered his junior season with high expectations as an SEC football commit, and raised the bar leading his Palmer Ridge football team to a 14-0 season and Monument’s first football state championship. He had 3,627 passing yards and 42 touchdowns, a .625 completion percentage and 168 rushing yards.

Due to a coaching change at Arkansas, where he was verbally committed entering his junior season, Evans reopened his recruitment and landed at the University of Colorado in hopes to help make CU a national power.