Change of Plans for Evans

Portage (Ind.) running back Albert Evans figured he'd be spending his spring and summer months traveling around to various camps to show he was worthy of a scholarship offer. But something changed for the 6-1, 190-pounder...

Bloomington, Ind. – The off-season isn't going as Albert Evans had planned.

After a sit-down meeting with Portage H.S. football coach Craig Buzea and his family about the ins and outs of recruiting, the 6-1, 190-pound tailback expected to spend the spring and summer months traveling around to various college campuses in an effort to prove he was worthy of a scholarship.

But, according to Evans, "something happened."

What happened was Buzea sent out a highlight tape to college coaches of Evans' 254-carry, 1,603-yard, 14-touchdown junior season, and the coaches started coming to him.

"I thought I'd have to go out and get exposed, but they were giving me offers just off my highlight tape," Evans said.

What coaches saw was a talented runner with 4.5 speed, someone who is capable of running between the tackles or getting outside and out-running would-be tacklers. He's one of the most coveted tailbacks in the state this year along with Franklin Central's Darius Willis and North Corydon's Bryan Schroeder.

"Coaches say they like my running style," Evans said. "They say I run hard, and they say they like my frame. I'm 6'1", but I'm not humungous. So they think I can fill my body out and put on some more weight."

The result of that productivity and promise has been six scholarship offers to date. Indiana was the first to offer, and the Hoosiers have since been joined by Purdue, Akron, Northern Illinois, Illinois and Cincinnati.

Evans said he does hope to spend some time on the road this summer looking at college campuses with his family, but it won't be to prove his worth. Instead, they'll be trying to figure out which potential destination is the best fit.

One of his stops figures to be Bloomington. Indiana offered Evans a scholarship when he was on campus for IU's Junior Day in February, and that left a lasting impression.

"It's your first offer, so that school is always going to be there because they showed you interest first," said Evans, who is being recruited by IU Assistant Head Coach Bill Lynch. "I like the coaches. My mom likes the coaches and they are friendly with my family. They do a good job of making your family feel like they want you to be a part of them."

The fact IU was the first to offer a scholarship is a big plus in Evans' eyes. When that offer came, Evans realized he'd have the opportunity to fulfill a child-hood dream.

"It was a little overwhelming at first," Evans said of getting the offer. "It was exciting, the sort of thing you put in a frame. When you're young, you want to get a full ride so your parents don't have to pay for college. Then, when you finally get that offer, it's like, ‘Wow.'"

So will Evans be wowing IU football fans in the not-too-distant future? Time will tell. He said he's hoping to make his college decision shortly before the start of his senior season, and he's still open to other schools who have been talking to him yet haven't offered a scholarship yet.

"I'm going to have to feel extremely comfortable at the school," Evans said. "Not necessarily play right away, but some chance. Somewhere that I can work to play. I know nothing is going to be handed to you."


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