Texas Cornerback Interested In Illinois

Although Texas hasn't been a recruiting area for Illinois under Coach Ron Zook, that is certain to change with the recent additions of assistant coaches Mike Schultz and Joe Gilbert to the Illini coaching staff. The former Lone Star state coaches are scouring that talent-laden state for players. One such player is the gifted Ciante Evans.

Cornerback Ciante Evans hails from Seguin High School in Arlington, Texas. The rising senior now holds around 20 scholarship offers.

"The University of Arizona, Colorado State, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Illinois, Baylor, Arizona State, Louisiana Tech, SMU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Iowa, Tulsa, Kansas, Utah, and a few others have all offered. Other schools that have shown interest are Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and UCLA."

Throughout the first half of the 2009 calendar year, Evans has taken several trips to see some of the schools that have offered him.

"I've been to Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU, and Texas A&M. I don't have any other visits planned right now for the summer, but I might eventually."

The defensive back wants to take more visits to schools he hasn't gotten to yet in order to best inform himself of the options he has.

"Right now, I'm leaning toward deciding during my senior year so I can take official visits to certain schools that I can't visit right now, like Illinois."

Evans is looking for the school that fits him best and isn't worried about where the school is located.

"I'll go wherever is best for me. Location won't be a factor for me."

Though they haven't offered, Evans grew up a fan of a school in Florida.

"I grew up rooting for Florida State because of Deion Sanders. Deion Sanders was my idol growing up. If I had to choose a current player I admire, it's Champ Bailey."

As for Illinois, the 6'-0", 180 pounder likes what he sees from afar and wants to visit the school in the fall.

"I got to meet my recruiting coach, Coach Schultz, and he seemed like a very nice guy. Illinois seems to have a good program up there. They just had a first round corner chosen so you can see they're doing good things at Illinois. It seems like a very good academic school. It's a good program that they're building up at Illinois."

Seguin went 5-7 and lost in the second round of the playoffs last year. Evans will be counted on to provide leadership on a defense that lost a lot of seniors to graduation.

"We've got a lot of new people on both sides of the ball. They're not underclassmen, but a lot of juniors. On the defensive side of the ball, we have a lot of seniors, but we also lost a lot of seniors. I think I was the only junior who played on the defense last year. It's the same thing as last year.

"We are in the middle of summer workouts right now. We try to get everyone there at the same time. Everyone has to have between 17-20 workouts out of a possible 28 dates or so. People who have summer school and can't get to the early morning session come between noon and two, and there's also a session between six and eight. Training camp starts August 10th I believe."

Academically, Evans reports that he took the SAT as a sophomore and will be re-taking it again. He states he has a 3.45 GPA, and his last semester grades may have pushed that up even higher.


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