What will Tyreke Evans do?

Rick Pitino expects to sign a Top 5 recruiting class during the early signing period, which begins Wednesday. But the Louisville coach might have to wait for Tyreke Evans to make a decision. What are Evans plans? Are the Cardinals still the favorite for the talented 6'5 guard? Will he visit Memphis or Louisville soon? Is a decision looming? InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Rick Pitino expects to sign a Top 5 recruiting class during the early signing period, which begins Wednesday. But the Louisville coach might have to wait for Tyreke Evans, Scout.com's No.4-rated prospect, to make a decision.

"We're still trying to finish the recruiting process up," Reggie Evans said. "We just got back from Texas about a week ago. Right now we're just gearing up to get something completed and get the airline tickets to go to Memphis."

Evan said no date has been scheduled for the visit to Memphis. "We're trying to get our travel agent to get back to us on availability because it's a big deal for all of us to go down there," he said.

Evans has narrowed his list down to Louisville, Villanova, Memphis, Texas and UConn. He has made unofficial visits to Louisville, Villanova and UConn in the past and made his first official visit to Texas last week. It appears all that remains for Evans now is to visit Memphis, the only remaining school on his list that he hasn't checked out.

With the early signing period beginning Wednesday, is there any chance that Evans will make a college decision before the end of the early period Nov. 21?


Tyreke Evans isn't planning to sign during
the early period.
"No," Evans said. "There's no chance at all. We're not going to make a decision until we do all the visits and Memphis probably won't be until late November or early December. We just want to see everything. That's why he's going to wait. We're trying to get down to Memphis (right) after Thanksgiving. If not, it's going to be in the first two weeks of December."

Are Rick Pitino, Jay Wright, John Calipari, Rick Barnes and Jim Calhoun pressuring the Philadelphia-area star to make an early decision?

"No," Evans said. "Actually, all of them told us for the most part to take our time and make sure we do it right and they support how we're doing it."

Asked if Evans was holding off on making a commitment during the early signing period to see how rosters or coaching situations shake out at his favorite schools, Evans responded, "Actually, another reporter (recently) asked me that (same) question. It's kind of funny it's working out that way but that wasn't our plan."

Following his visit to Texas, Evans told Scout.com that he would likely visit Louisville after making his official visit to Memphis, narrow his options to a pair of schools and then decide.

"If he feels comfortable with (making) a decision after going to Memphis then he'll make it," Evans said. "If not, he felt like he should give Louisville another shot because unfortunately it's not fair to Louisville that they were first for him to visit and other schools are getting the fresh look on everything and are fresh on his mind. So we don't want him to pass judgment on Louisville because he saw them last year and not this year. All the other schools are getting looks and Louisville is pretty much like ‘don't forget about us.'

‘(So) We told him, if you remember clearly everything with that visit and if you can make a decision off that fine. And if not, then you've got to put them (U of L) back fresh in your mind and we'll go look at them again."

Evans' will play twice in Louisville this season, on Dec. 7 and Feb. 16. Evans said tying a visit to Louisville into one of those trips was a strong possibility. The Cardinals host Dayton Dec. 8 and Marquette Feb. 17.

"That's possible," Evans said. "If we go down there and watch their game – which I plan on doing – we can probably tie that in instead of all of us coming back home and going back to (Louisville) after Memphis. I think we can probably tie that in."

In mid-September, Reggie Evans said that Louisville was "probably the favorite" in his talented younger brother's recruiting sweepstake. Do the Cardinals still hold an edge for Scout.com's fourth-ranked player?

"Coach Pitino has been recruiting him the longest and (Louisville) probably is the favorite in my mind," Evans said.


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