Evans visits; JUCO LB considering Louisville

Mike Evans, a 6'1, 215-pound linebacker from Lakawanna (PA) CC, visited Louisville over the weekend. Evans, a December graduate, is planning to make a decision in the next two weeks after he takes another visit or two. Did Louisville make a strong impression on Evans?

Mike Evans, a 6'1, 215-pound linebacker from Lakawanna (PA) CC, visited Louisville over the weekend. Evans, a December graduate, is planning to make a decision in the next two weeks after he takes another visit or two. Did Louisville make a strong impression on Evans?

"Everything was fine," Evans told InsideTheVille.com. "It was good going down there. I got to see a lot of stuff. I got in about 10 o'clock (Friday) and got to the hotel and went out to eat with my position coach. I saw all the facilities and my host was Steve Garr, a linebacker down there. I talked to the coaches and they showed me some film. Everything looked good."


Mike Evans enjoyed his visit to Louisville
this weekend.

Currently, Louisville is still looking for a defensive coordinator after Mike Cassity was fired following the Cardinals 6-6 season. Evans said the fact that Louisville hasn't replaced Cassity yet isn't that big of deal to him.

"The coach said he was looking for 11 guys that want to run to the ball," Evans said. "He said it doesn't really matter who the defensive coordinator is because the object of the game is to make tackles and make plays. He said he's got a couple candidates lined up and they'll be making a decision soon on a coordinator."

"As long as it's going to be a 4-3 scheme it's fine with me," Evans added. "The coach said it's going to be a base 4-3 defense."

Evans, a native of Philadelphia, will graduate from Lackawanna this month and will enroll at the school of his choice in January. Louisville was his first official visit. He's debating whether he'll make another visit to Kansas State or Ole Miss before making his decision.

"I'm looking for a school to enroll in January," Evans said. "I'll probably be making my decision within the next week and I'm probably going to take another visit. Kansas State and Ole Miss are the other two schools that I'm talking to right now. I don't know where I'm going to visit next. I've got to make a decision on that in the next couple of days. I won't be signing Wednesday. I'll probably be signing within the next two weeks."

Louisville is recruiting Evans to come in and play the weakside linebacker position. The Cardinals lost both starters at outside linebacker to graduation and the opportunity for early playing time is intriguing to Evans.

"The coach said they are losing five linebackers and the situation is pretty wide-open," he said. "Going in there I'd have an opportunity to play. I really do want to be in a place where I can contribute as fast as possible."

Evans made 45 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and blocked two kicks this season.

"The strength of my game is speed," Evans said. "I'm about a 4.5 guy. I can cover and stick on the slot receivers. I also can play in the box. So I have a lot of versatility to my game."


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