San Marcos (CA) Palomar Community College defensive end Caleb Evans made something official on Friday that he has been planning on doing for quite a while now.
Evans (6-5, 255, 4.6), who arrived in Fayetteville Friday for an unofficial visit after a cross-country drive from California, says he will play for the University of Arkansas and he will do so this upcoming season.
"I wanted to get out here and take a look, go ahead and commit and then go back and take my two classes so I can be ready to play in 2009 instead of 2010," Evans said. "The biggest thing in choosing a school is the relationship with the coaches and these guys at Arkansas really know what they are doing and make me feel very wanted."
It also doesn't hurt that he is originally from Helena, Montana, the home of Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino.
"It's nice that he is from my hometown and helps my relationship with him," Evans said. "That's big. I trust him and know he is going to make sure we have a great future at Arkansas."
Evans was a preseason Junior College All American – already with offers from Oklahoma and Tennessee - after a freshmen season in which he six sacks, 11 tackles for lost yardage and 8 quarterback hurries as a 220-pounder.
But a back injury in July knocked him out for the season. He is now healthy and went through spring drills.
"I am 100 percent and ready to come in and contribute right away," said Evans, who has also lived in Tennessee. "I'm pretty excited about it all."
Arkansas was able to figure out Evans – a teammate of UA punter signee Britton Forester - could be eligible in 2009 with just a couple more class credits.
He will have three years to play three seasons for the Razorbacks.
"There are a lot of schools that wanted me for 2010 – LSU, Tennessee, Washington, Arizona State, Oregon and Kansas, but Arkansas wanted me now and showed me what it would take to get there right now," Evans said.
Evans noted that Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Summers was a key in landing him for Arkansas.
"I really like Coach Summers and I talk to him a lot, I call him all the time," Evans said. "Like I said, I believe in these coaches and I believe in the future that we are going to have at Arkansas."
A 2009 Razorback
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