One of the top juniors in Ohio has seen early recruiting interest from several schools since the end of last summer. Purdue and Miami of Ohio were the first two programs to see the talented running back/defensive back from Huber Heights Wayne (Ohio) High School. With blazing speed and great athletic talent, Donnie Evege has turned heads at several camps during the course of the last year.
Having camped at Ohio State, Tennessee, Purdue, Miami of Ohio, West Virginia and Cincinnati, Evege took full advantage of the camp season to impress several of the coaches listed above. With official offers from Purdue and Miami Ohio, Evege has invites to several Junior Days coming up in the next two months. But it was attending a simple practice on Sunday that's got the 5'11 190lb. super talent excited.
Sunday saw Evege and his father catch a practice in Columbus as Ohio State was preparing for their trip to the Fiesta Bowl. On Sunday several prospects took in the Buckeyes bowl practice. Evege and his father came into the Woody Hayes Center for the practice and within minutes Buckeyes Head Coach Jim Tressel came over to greet them. During the course of their conversation, Coach Tressel asked about the previous season, the holidays and the normal chit-chat between recruiting coaches and prospects. In the process the Buckeyes head coach expressed how happy he was for Donnie to attend the day's practice.
While the conversation was great, it was the comments at the end that turned the head of Evege and his father. "I thanked Coach Tressel for allowing my father and me to visit during practice and he said the following. "Donnie, I don't want you here just for today, I want you here for ever." Again Evege thank Coach Tressel for a second time and then Coach Tressel put his arm around the Wayne junior and said the words all top prospects love to hear. "Did you get it in the mail yet?" With a puzzled look from Evege, Coach Tressel then explained he was making an official offer that would be arriving by mail in the coming days.
From there former Wayne standout Marcus Freeman came over and congratulated Donnie on the offer and told him he should go ahead and get it over with.
While the excitement from the day left both Donnie and his father very excited, they also know the honor of receiving an offer from Ohio State. "I'm very excited about the offer from Ohio State. Any football player in Ohio or the country would be happy to have a school like Ohio State show enough interest in them as a student athlete to make an early offer. But while Ohio State is a school I'm real excited about, I've also got a few other schools I'm going to check out this winter."
When asked about those schools Evege shared the following. "I've got a Junior Day to attend at Notre Dame on January 14th. I also have interest in Purdue, Miami of Ohio, Tennessee, Miami, Cincinnati and the many other programs who have shown interest. My family and I will look at each program and make a decision based on several factors in the coming months. I'm honored to have been chosen by Coach Tressel and his staff for an offer so early in the recruiting process, it's a dream come true for me."
While Evege is sure to see several other programs make official offers in the coming weeks, it's not just his athletic ability that's opened the door for the talented junior. Evege is also a great student with a high GPA and has already scored a qualifying score on the ACT. Look for Evege and his family to take a hard look at the Buckeyes program. With former Wayne players like Freeman and former Buckeyes Will Allen and John Hollins having walked the halls of the Huber Heights School, and Warriors Head Coach Jay Minton having deep ties with the coaching staff at Ohio State, Evege will be sure to give the Buckeyes more then a quick look.
Who will be next to offer the talented junior? We'll have to wait and see in the coming weeks and months.