Evan Hailes is the most recent addition to the list of Tidewater area prep standouts that have matriculated to Penn State. Current Nittany Lions Kevin Newsome and Chima Okoli also are former Tidewater prep standouts, as is graduate assistant coach Terrell Golden (2004-07). Hailes has very good size, skills and strength and is working toward an opportunity to compete for time in the defensive interior line rotation. Hailes enrolled at Penn State in January 2010 out of Oscar F. Smith HS.
2010 Freshman Season
Hailes was rated among the top 40 defensive tackles in the nation for Coach Richard Morgan at Oscar F. Smith HS. He recorded 60 tackles, with 11 sacks, as a senior, helping lead his team to the state semifinals. Hailes compiled 81 tackles, 21 for a loss, and 12 sacks as a junior. He also was a member of the track and field team.
Full name is Evan Isaiah Hailes. He is the son of Carl Sr. and Sabrina Hailes and has two younger brothers, Tre' and C.J. He is related to former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Dre' Bly, who also is from Chesapeake. In his spare time, Hailes enjoys listening to music and writing. He is a kinesiology major. Born April 18, 1992 in Petersburg, Va.