Evan McCracken’s highlight video showcased a complete running back.
McCracken could block on one play, run effectively on another snap and catch the ball out of backfield on the next play. Just what Army was looking for in the Black Knights’ new shotgun offense, recruiting coach Mike Viti told McCracken.
Army was the first to offer the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Richland (Pa.) all-state back. Navy followed with an offer and then West Virginia with an preferred opportunity to walk on.
After two trips to West Point, McCracken was ready to commit to Black Knights, giving Viti his verbal Monday.
“I absolutely loved the coaching staff and loved how they have shaped the program over the past couple of years,” McCracken said. “I love coach (Jeff) Monken’s philosophy and how he runs everything with the football team. I really like how the education is going to carry me throughout life and I will be able to take it wherever I go.”
McCracken set a school record, scoring 32 touchdowns as a junior. He rushed for 1,422 yards and 22 TDS, added 438 receiving yards and six TD catch, had two Pick Sixs and returned two fumbles for scores.
McCracken’s game is built on speed. He’s also Richland’s record holder in the 100-meter dash (10.58 seconds) and an indoor 60-meter state champion.
“My speed is my best weapon so if they (Army) take advantage of it, I’m going to be very happy,” said McCracken, who also had 80 tackles and three sacks in 2022.
McCracken is also an accomplished martial artist. He started karate at an early age and earned a black belt in tangsudo and a green belt in Muay Thai. McCracken said his first love is the…weight room. McCracken was back squatting 350 pounds at the age of 14.