Before visiting Michigan last Saturday and receiving an offer shortly thereafter it appeared inevitable that Chris Evans would commit to the Wolverines once those two things took place. When things didn’t unfold the way he’d hinted it would he cited a desire to weigh his options a little while longer.
"The visit was really cool," Evans told Scout.com. "I got to walk around campus with Coach Harbaugh and not just a tour guide. You can tell he's really into it, and that makes a difference with his players."
“Coach Harbaugh is a top coach and Michigan is one of the most successful football teams in the country. You really can't go wrong with Michigan. I hope this opens up more doors for me."
Visits to other schools were in the works, but they would not take place before the Michigan coaching staff got one more crack at him. The Hoosier State star spent time with the Michigan coaching staff in Indianapolis Thursday during the first of their ten planned satellite camps this month. This time he chose not to fight the commitment impulse and verbally committed to the Wolverines this afternoon.
Evans is the ninth commitment to Michigan’s 2016 class and the second from Indiana this week (joining Kiante Enis). The 5-10 195-pounder is a blazer, having clocked 4.37 in the forty during the winter. He is ranked a four-star prospect and the ninth best running back in the country by Scout.com, but he will likely line up elsewhere for the Maize & Blue.
"They talked about defense and offense to me," Evans told Scout.
Offense, though, is where his bread is really buttered.
“He rushed for 1,249 yards and 18 touchdowns, but also chipped in 51 receptions and 10 touchdowns through the air,” said Scout.com National Recruiting analyst Allen Trieu said. “That receiving ability has allowed him to shine at several offseason events, including the Core 6 Showcase and Best of the Midwest Combine, where he won MVP honors."
“He can catch the ball, and not just the easy ones, and has good quickness and route running skills as well. He needs to keep bulking up, but has the frame to add more weight and can play in the slot as well.”
Stay tuned to the Michigan Insider for more on this news in the hours to come.