D-End Says UM is "Big Time"

Maurice Evans wanted to stay focused on his senior season. The Middle Village (NY) Christ The King standout defensive end doesn't get too caught up in all the recruiting hype.

"I try not to let it get into my head," Evans said. "That's when it comes your downfall. I didn't go to any camps or anything like that this summer because I wanted to stay focused here. I'm not really thinking too much about recruiting right now."

Fortunately for Evans, college coaches from across the country are focusing their efforts on recruiting him. At 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, Evans is soon to begin his third season as a varsity starter.

"I just started playing football when I was in 9th grade," he said. "I got moved up and started on varsity as a sophomore. It's been pretty easy ever since. I'm just real good with my hands."

Maurice Evans, who used to compete in varsity basketball, claims over 20 written scholarship offers. While he's not ready to single out any favorites yet, he did talk about some of the schools on his list.

"Everyone's still in it," he said. "I'm just trying to focus on my senior year. Our first game is Friday. That's where my attention's at. Recruiting is going good, though."

The talented defensive end attended Junior Days earlier this year at Penn State, Virginia, and Syracuse.

"Penn State's a nice college town with a lot of support and tradition," he said. "Syracuse is close to home and they have a lot of kids from here (New York). Virginia was great. They were actually the first school to offer me and they look good."

Evans said he also has interest in all three Florida programs, two of which have sent offers.

"Miami and Florida have sent me an offer," he said. "Miami's a big time program. They're always competing for the national championship. I'm interested in them."

Evans was asked about the UM/FSU game that took place on Monday night.

"It was a good game defensively," he said. "They both looked good. I was rooting for Florida State since that's who I rooted for growing up. But Miami's defense looked good."

In addition to the programs mentioned above, Evans has taken a couple unofficial visits to Maryland this summer and picked up a written offer from the top-ranked team in the land.

"Maryland's right there too," he said. "They have a nice school and everything. I was happy that USC offered because they're on top right now."

With all of those schools turning up the heat, Evans is just sitting back and relaxing. He just isn't ready to open up a whole lot about the schools and the process yet.

"All of them have been calling," he said. "I don't have any visits or anything yet. I'll do that later in the year when I narrow it down. Basically, I'm just trying to find where I'll be most comfortable. It doesn't matter to me where that's at."

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