Former Maryland commit Evan Fairs to visit Illinois, Kansas

Texas wideout, former Maryland commit reopens recruitment; Illinois, Kansas leading the charge

Richmond (Texas) Foster wide receiver Evan Fairs decommitted from a Big Ten school, but he still may end up in the Midwest's best conference.

Fairs, a 6-foot-2 wideout, had committed to former Terps coach Randy Edsall last July. But with a new coach, D.J. Durkin in place, Fairs reopened his recruitment on Wednesday.

"Because of the new coaching staff at Maryland," Fairs said. "I don't really know them and I haven't talked to them."

Fairs is hearing mostly from three schools: Illinois, Kansas and Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I'm not really picky about the school just as long as it feels like home," Fairs said. "The thing that stands out about Illinois is that they are in the Big Ten, and I feel like I am a Big Ten player. At Kansas I know I can start early and play as a true freshman, and I don't know a lot about Louisiana Lafayette."

Fairs had 982 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns during his senior season.

"Fairs is a tall, long receiver with great frame potential as he projects to the college level," said Gabe Brooks,' Texas recruiting analyst. "Possesses good height with high potential for significant bulk addition. Long-armed receiver with big catch radius. Good initial burst after catch for a long-striding runner. Not a top-end speed guy, but shows big-play ability thanks to size and ball skills. Legit red-zone threat. Can improve on initial quickness at LOS."

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