Mitchell Evans knows where he'll be playing his college football.
Or does he?
The 6-3, 195-pounder from Milton-Union H.S. in West Milton, Ohio, verbally committed to play for the Hoosiers during his official visit over the weekend. He had decided IU was the place for him last week and talked to his recruiting coach, Brian George, about his decision, and then had it re-affirmed during this weekend's trip to Bloomington.
"I decided Indiana is the place I'm going to be playing," Evans said. "I had a really good visit, had a chance to meet the team, the coaches, and get a little better acquainted with the campus. We talked about it last week a little bit, and then I told them I was sure over the weekend."
Evans said he picked Indiana over a trio of MAC programs – Miami (Ohio), Toledo and Bowling Green.
While Evans is sure he'll be playing in Bloomington, he's not positive where he'll be playing on the field. A first-team Division IV All-State quarterback as a senior, Evans threw for more than 1,300 yards and rushed for another 1,500 yards as a senior while accounting for 25 touchdowns. That came on the heels of another All-State season as a junior when he completed 113-of-198 passes for 1,990 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for another 500 yards and five scores.
But he was equally effective on the defensive side of the ball at free safety, where he totaled 67 tackles, including six interceptions as a junior.
"They're not sure where I'll be playing, but they're going to take me as a quarterback and see what happens with that," said Evans. "They know they can move me wherever and whenever, so I'm not going to say defense is out of the picture – it could happen in the future."
That sort of versatility was a big plus in the eyes of the IU coaching staff. Evans has 4.58 speed in the 40 and the sort of size that makes him a good fit for either side of the ball.
"I think they like the fact that I'm athletic, maybe more mobile than some other (quarterbacks)," Evans said.
Evans was recruited by IU defensive line coach Brian George, who made a big impression on him throughout the recruiting process. It wasn't so much what George promised him if he did come to IU, but rather an upfront approach to recruiting that was a big sell to the Milton-Union standout.
"The biggest thing with Coach George was he was honest with me from the first day I talked to him," Evans said. "That's really important for a recruit because you want to know where you stand with the team and the coaches. That really attracted me."
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