ISU On Mind of Papillion-La Vista QB

After a recent visit made by a standout quarterback from Papillion-La Vista High School that resulted in a scholarship offer, Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney could be on the verge of snagging another top prospect from Nebraska.

The Cyclone coaching staff hosted and made an offer to 6-foot-1, 205-pound quarterback Allan Evridge last week. It was the first D-I offer for Evridge, who moved from Great Falls, Mont., to Nebraska less than one year ago after leading CM Russell to a state championship in 2001.

"We're pleased with the University there and Coach McCarney's commitment to Allan," said Allan's father, Jim Evridge. "That truly impressed us. We feel an allegiance and some loyalty to him right now. We really like the program there.

"We were there last Sunday and chatted with (Coach McCarney) and visited the campus. The campus is beautiful. It's not quite what we expected. I was impressed with the academic presentation that they gave us. The coaching staff was outstanding. We really enjoyed visiting with them. I've read a lot about the program in the Omaha paper and what they've done has been truly remarkable."

Despite being in the state four months, Evridge earned all-district and honorable mention All-Nebraska mention in 2002. Evridge's skills echo those of quarterbacks that have either been in the system recently or are currently in the mix.

"They see a lot of the same qualities in Allan that they had in Seneca Wallace," Evridge said. "He runs a 4.5 40 and is very quick and smart. He passes extremely well on the run and is a drop-back passer, too. He's just a very talented kid.

"We're really interested in Iowa State, because of all the schools that we're going to, their program matches his qualities and talents better than anybody else."

Evridge made a trip to Kansas State Thursday and will take unofficial visits to Nebraska on June 13th and Colorado State on June 21st. All or most of the programs have indicated they'll soon be offering Evridge, said his father.

"Each one of these other visits is going to be a one-day camp," Evridge said. "Their camp time and what they're doing allows him to come in and pass with them. They've already seen him run on tape and are very impressed with that. They just want to shore everything up with his long ball and have him throw a few other routes.

Evridge also indicated that Michigan and Minnesota have expressed interest in his son, but proximity to the Omaha area may rule those schools out.

"The closer the better, only because we'd like to go watch him play," Evridge said. "He's had some interest from Michigan and Minnesota, but we don't plan on making any trips up there especially since Iowa State has offered him already."

So when could a commitment be expected from Evridge?

"We'd like to make a decision by this summer," Evridge said. "We're talking with our coaches here that are a lot more familiar with this process than we are. I'm not quite certain, but the sooner the better for us."

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