Evans Sees Iowa

Iowa invited 2014 IL OL Shane Evans to its junior day event on Sunday and he took them up on the offer. See what he thought of the visit and find out more about his recruitment in this update.

Shane Evans envisioned himself playing at Iowa when he visited the school for Sunday's junior day. The thought came as a result of the hearing about the Hawkeyes' approach to the game.

"They really stressed the fact that they're tough," Evans said. "They have their own style of play. They call it the Iowa style.

"For the linemen, they stress finishing plays and going through the whistle, not stopping at the whistle. It gets me excited how they play a real aggressive style of football."

Evans traveled to Iowa from Crystal Lake, IL where he attends Prairie Ridge High. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman already has been offered a scholarship from Northern Illinois and reported interest from Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois and Notre Dame, among others.

"I'm trying to be aggressive and contact as many coaches as I can," Evans said. "For me, I'd like to go into my senior football season not having to worry about where I want to go. I would like to be committed before the season starts. I'm looking at the depth charts."

Evans has planned visits to Illinois and Minnesota in the next two weeks. He enjoyed kicking things off in Iowa City.

"I liked it a lot. I liked hearing the coaches talk," Evans said. "The head coach (Kirk Ferentz) seemed like he really connected with the players. They sold it pretty well.

"I really liked how nice they were to everybody. It seemed like every coach came up to you and talked to you and said a few things to you. It seemed kind of special."

Evans said his aggressive style of play meshes well with the Hawkeyes and he excels at run blocking. He is impressed with Iowa's ability to put players into the pros at his position.

"That's real important," Evans said. "Every football player that wants to play college their dream is to go to the NFL. Obviously Iowa really has a knack and is known for that. That stands out.

"I've always been a big Iowa fan."

Evans said he will contact the Hawkeye coaches at some point in the near future to discuss where he sits with them.

"Most of the talk was general," he said about his conversations with the Iowa staff at junior day.

Evans said he will study education in college.

"I like teaching kids but I also want to be a coach," he said.


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