RECRUITING: Bryan Evans still thinks highly of UF

We have talked to Bryan Evans a lot this recruiting season and have never been disappointed. He is a great cornerback prospect from Jacksonville's Ed White High School and a great person to talk to on the phone. Bryan visited Gainesville and the University of Florida Saturday for the Florida - LSU game. He had a lot to say – read on for the real inside scoop!

Last week Gator Country watched Bryan Evans and his Ed White teammates compete against Sandalwood for a big rivalry game in Jacksonville. Evans made some athletic plays including a long pass that was on the money from the running back position for about 40 yards. He also caught a very nice deep pass and was extremely aggressive from his cornerback position. His team struggled this past week and lost to Jackson HS. He still had an interception and 50 yard return.

On his visit to Gainesville this weekend, Evans shared some of what he saw. "Dee (Webb) played well. I thought they played good defensively. In the second half the offense couldn't produce, but overall I think they played good." For those of you who aren't aware of it, Dee Webb is a former teammate and long time friend of his.

Evans was also impressed with the atmosphere in Gainesville on Saturday. "The crowd was huge and real loud. It was pretty much the loudest crowd I have heard."

Will the Gator's emotional loss be any deterrent to the way Evans feels about making Florida his possible future home? "Nothing changes about what I think. I still think highly of Florida. It is definitely a place I could go to. Nothing has given me any doubts about Florida."

Evans hung out with the all-star list of prospects that attended the game. "I saw Avery and Randy Phillips. Avery was alright at the end of the game, he took it alright. I hung with Jonathan Demps. There were a lot of big time prospects there."

Evans also saw his old high school coach, Dan Disch, who coaches the defensive backs for the Gators. "I saw Coach Disch after the game, but he had to do a press conference so I didn't see him much." He didn't stay overnight as Jacksonville is just a little over an hour away.

This wasn't Evan's first visit to Gainesville since the season started. "I went to the Eastern Michigan and Kentucky games too." He wants to go see some more rivalry games but sometimes it doesn't work out. "I really wanted to see the Tennessee - Georgia game, but it was this week."

Naturally, Florida is not the only school that is pursuing Evans. He has a long list of suitors but has a list of five now that he considers leaders and they are pursuing him hotly. Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, and West Virginia all are tearing up the phone lines to keep Evans interested.

Tennessee: "I like Tennessee; they don't have a lot of experience in their secondary. I think I can compete with their secondary."

Georgia: "At Georgia, I think they have a good defense. They play strong and hard and will compete for a national championship."

Michigan: "Michigan tells me they are a little bit shy on cornerbacks. They tell me there is no guarantee I would start, but I could compete for the position."

West Virginia: "West Virginia calls a lot. They are recruiting me hard. Their defense plays hard, but I haven't really gotten to see them much on television."

It doesn't appear that Evans is going to make an official decision any time soon. He hasn't taken his first official visit yet and will take all five. "My coach doesn't want me to take visits until after the season, so I will take them all in January."

Bryan Evans is still weighing his options. He hasn't been phased by anything that has happened in recruiting circles yet and we don't expect him to be.


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