Coaching changes have Evans superstitious

The recruiting process has been a little rough for Bryan Evans, rated the sixth best corner prospect in the country by In the span of just a few weeks he's seen the head coaching changes at two of his favorite schools. First he had the University of Florida as his top choice, then Coach Ron Zook was fired. Next, LSU was his favorite, but now Coach Nick Saban has bolted to the National Football League.

So with the changes at the top, Bryan Evans has had to re-think the entire recruiting process. Evans talked to Sunday just before the University of Georgia coaching staff paid him an in-home visit. He talked about his preparation for the US Army All-American Game in San Antonio on January 15 at the Alamo Dome and the entire recruiting process.

"Yeah I am doing some running and lifting," he said of his regimen for the Army game. "I think I am leaving the ninth (of January) at noon."

Originally, he was going to use the Army game as his staging point, announcing his college choice in much the same way that Florida quarterback Chris Leak did from San Antonio two years ago. Obviously, since things have changed with coaching staffs at his favorite schools, so have his plans.

"I was going to commit at the US Army All American Game in Texas, but since the coaches were getting fired and going somewhere else, I guess I will just wait," he said.

On New Year's Day, Evans spent the day watching football games on television that featured some of his favorites.

"I watched a few games today," he said. "I watched LSU play Iowa, I watched Georgia, the Tennessee game, and that was pretty much it."

He's set his visitation schedule, but he has left himself a little bit of wiggle room. Some things could change between now and the end of January.

"I still have two in January, the 21st is Georgia and the 28th is Florida State," he said. "The 7th I'm not doing anything and the 15th, I will still be in San Antonio. I am definitely sure about the Georgia visit on the 21st, but not exactly sure about the Florida State visit on the 28th. Like I said I am open. I am trying to make the best decision for me where I can play early. I think I can play early at most colleges, so I will be alright wherever I go."

Perhaps due to the change at LSU, he has opened up to one new school while cracking the door for an old favorite.

"I have been talking to Alabama coaches," he said, "but I am not sure that is going to work out. I talked to Coach (Mike) Locksley (from Florida) a couple of times. "

"He is trying to see what my interest is and what I want to do. He is trying to tell me the situation they got, the cornerback situation. Yeah, I have been talking to Florida for the last couple of days."

College coaches are not allowed to call recruits during the dead period but recruits can call the coaches, so it's obvious that Evans has at least opened the door for the Gators by initiating the conversations with Coach Locksley.

He said he watched the Peach Bowl, and in particular, paid close attention to his good friend and former high school teammate, Dee Webb.

"Dee had a good game," he said. "I think they should have lost by more than they did, but the defense kept them in it."

Evans might be a little bit superstitious about naming a leader since both times he's publicly spoken of a top school, there has been a coaching change.

"I'm not trying to lean anywhere," he said, "because every time I try and do that it seems like something bad happens. It seems like the top schools I was looking at involved a coaching change. I am open right now and not favoring anybody. I guess I am going to ride it out till the first week in February."

Florida would love to get back in the mix for Evans and wrestle away that final recruiting visit from FSU on January 28 or possibly for a midweek visit. Bryan Evans is quite familiar with Gainesville. He was at many of Florida's games during the 2004 season and he attended Florida's Rising Senior Camp last July. Florida's need for cornerback talent is blatantly apparent. While that could factor into Evans' decision, he's adamant that he's not going to tip his hand. The Gators have ground to make up, but the door is open.

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