RECRUITING: Coaches still calling Bryan Evans

Bryan Evans was recently chosen to be in the US Army All American Game. The standout cornerback from Ed White HS in Jacksonville, Florida was among 400 nominees from around the entire country to be selected to the final 78 players overall. The honor will allow him to showcase his skills on national television in San Antonio, Texas, on January 15th. We caught up with Brian after he received the honor.

"It made me feel good that I was chosen from the over 400 nominees. There is going to be a lot of competition at the game," he said. He also added, "I am not sure if I am going to start.

Bryan Evans is one of five Floridians playing in the game. Fellow defensive backs Demetrice Morley and Kenny Phillips of Miami , running back Maurice Webb of Jacksonville's Sandalwood HS, and wide receiver Fred Rouse of Tallahassee's Lincoln HS were are the other four participants from the sunshine state.

Evans will fly out to San Antonio on the 9th of January with his family and be there the entire week practicing for the big game. While there, he will join the other 78 members of the US Army All American team and prepare for the nationally televised event. His inclusion in the game, along with a few other things have caused him to shake up his plans on his official collegiate visits.

"I was trying to set up an official to Georgia on the 22nd of January, but I have these SAT prep classes on that weekend. Now I am trying to schedule all of them before the game. I am planning on committing on National TV at the Army All-American game. I was supposed to take my visit to Florida State on January 29th, but I am not sure, if I commit before, if I can take that visit or not."

Evans also has another big dilemma on his mind. He has been high on the Florida Gators since before the season. His former high school coach Dan Disch is a current staff member of the Gators. The problem is, Head Coach Ron Zook and subsequently the rest of the football staff, have been let go by the University of Florida. This has changed his thinking in regards to the Gators.

"Florida is still a great college. I will have to see what is going on, because I don't want to go to a college that hires a whole new coaching staff from what I was introduced to a while back. I will just have to wait and see who comes back. I'm still counting them in my top five, but right now they are probably fifth. I really don't have a leader right now."

One of the rumors out there right now is that the Gator staff is not contacting the recruits anymore. Evans dispels that rumor. "I still talk to Coach Disch and Coach Fedora calls every once in a while." He thinks they are representing the Gators well, "I know it is hard for them, they are still doing their jobs, but I think they are doing a good job with it. Coach Fedora tells me to hang in there. You never know what could happen. I try and think of it like that, but right now I feel like they were put in a bad position. They are looking for coaches, and you never know who is going to show up."

Evans season ended disappointingly with a loss to Jacksonville Mandarin HS. In the game he had his first kickoff return of the season (no one would kick to him), and took it all the way to the 15 yard line. Evans is going to have to approach December and January in much the same fashion, take it head on and get everything he can out of it.


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