Oregon Ducks tight end Evan Baylis, a redshirt freshman from Grandview High School (Centennial, Colorado), enters his second season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Baylis was a sensational two-way star at tight end and line backer. As a junior he caught 33 passes for 456 yards (13.8 YPC) and six touchdowns. He was named 2010 Colorado first team all-league on offense as well honorable mention all-state. Baylis exploded his senior season, on defense in particular, recording 24 catches for 225 yards (9.4 YPC) with two touchdowns on offense and 108 tackles and eight sacks on defense. He did all this while being the focus of most opponents.
Baylis was a unanimous four-star prospect by Scout, Rivals and ESPN. All three scouting services praised the Colorado prospect for his abilities as a tight end. Scout listed Baylis’ strengths as being a red zone weapon and a running threat while knocking him for his blocking ability and strength. ESPN recognized Baylis’ strengths as his hands and speed, as he was clocked at a 4.7 in high school.
Here’s one evaluation of Baylis:
“Long, lanky prospect that runs extremely well. Dangerous in the pass game because he creates matchup problems. Has the speed to get in the secondary and out run LBs and his height makes him a threat over the middle and in the redzone. Lines up in the slot, at h-back and with his hand on the ground, showing his versaility. Needs to gain weight and strength to be more effective in the run game.” – Scout
Baylis had offers from Arizona, Boise State, Michigan, Northwestern, Stanford, UCLA, Utah and many other Division 1 programs before eventually signing with the Ducks.
In 2012, Baylis spent the first season redshirting while participating on the scout team. He also greater refined his role as a tight end.
Going into the 2013 season, Baylis will be in a fierce battle for the backup tight end position. The Ducks will have three behind starter Colt Lyerla working to earn that No. 2 spot on the depth chart. Those three are Baylis, Koa Ka’ai and Pharaoh Brown.