Sun Prairie (Wisc.) High School defensive tackle Craig Evans is committed to Wisconsin, but he gave Charlie Partridge the credit for landing his verbal pledge.
Partridge, now the defensive line coach at Arkansas, has continued to build a relationship with Evans and that has had the 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle giving Arkansas a look.
"He is really the only reason I'm considering Arkansas," Evans said of Partridge. "I haven't even been there, he's just that type of guy. We have a good relationship and I just can't see myself just turning Coach Partridge off and out of my life. It's hard to think about.
"He was actually the reason I committed to Wisconsin. So mine and his relationship is strong. It's more than just coach and player. He's a great guy all around."
Evans said one of the things he needs to do in order to maintain a legitimate interest in Arkansas is visit the campus.
"I was talking with Coach Partridge, trying to see what day works best when I have an off game and who has a game, so we've been trying to work that out, but I'm most definitely going to visit Arkansas," Evans said.
"I just want to get down there and see the environment. The tweets have been crazy, Arkansas has true fans. I can say that. I would love to be an environment like that so I just want to get down there and see if it suits me."
Right now, Evans said he remains committed to Wisconsin, but he has told his girlfriend to keep an open mind about the possibility of moving to the Natural State.
"Right now, I'm still committed to Wisconsin, and I still have a love here and get shown a lot of love here," Evans said. "Wisconsin is a great place.
"But I do want to get down to Arkansas. Like I said, I can't see myself cutting Coach Partridge out of my life. I do have a thought in my head that I might go down to Arkansas and end up really liking it. And I was telling my girlfriend the other day that she might need to start considering Arkansas."
Evans also said he cannot deny that he would cherish playing in the Southeastern Conference. The SEC is home to the last seven national champions and four of the last six Heisman Trophy winners. Perhaps better suitable for Evans, the SEC has also produced four of the last six Outland Trophy winners, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football.
"We all know what type of football it is down there," he said. "No disrespect to the Big Ten or anybody because there are some teams that can compete with the SEC, but the SEC is where it's at. To be able to compete in the SEC, it would be a great feeling and an honorable thing."
Evans a Badger, but still looking
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