Michigan Still In With Fla. DB Evans

GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Monday with cornerback <b>Bryan Evans</b> from Edward White high school in Jacksonville, Fla. The five-star standout lists several southern schools on his list of favorites, but one school up north is getting serious attention.

Luring southern talent away from the region is always a tough sell. The game of football rises to the level of religion in some parts of the Depp South, and kids feel the pressure to stay close to home coming not only from family but from the community as well. When southern kids give a list of favorite schools it is heavily loaded with schools rich with tradition and football glory ... and southern. One northern school however, also loaded with football tradition, tends to make it on the lists of many top southern recruits.

Five-star cornerback Bryan Evans is a good example of this. "Right now I have a list of seven favorites but nobody leads," he said. "Florida State, Florida, LSU, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Michigan are my top schools right now." Evans reports over 30 offers at this time.

There is one prominent in-state school missing from the list. "At first it seemed that Miami was interested in me and they were on my list," Evans said. "But they don't seem interested any longer and I haven't heard much from them."

What is it about Michigan that attracts this 6 foot 0, 177 pound southern star? "How many DB's do they have in the NFL?" he asked rhetorically. "I mean they've had some great DB's come out of there, Ty Law and Charles Woodson, plus, they need defensive backs this year because they lose two starters so I wouldn't count them out by a long shot." Evans said some of the other schools recruiting him are heavy at the cornerback position. "There are a lot of DB's in the south right now," he said. "I think FSU has something like seven DB's they've recruited and Georgia has six. But I'm not afraid of the competition and I'll go where I fit in best."

Evans is being recruited by Michigan coach Scot Loeffler, and Bryan said he recently called up and spoke to defensive backs coach Ron English. "I like Coach Loeffler and Coach English," he said. "They are always real cool and straight up with me. Coach English just told me they really need corners and that they want me to be there at Michigan."

There have been reports that Evans was set to join his friend and fellow DB Avery Atkins at Florida. He said those reports were in error. "Avery and I are talking about going to the same school together, and he's still looking around, but I'm not going to commit anywhere any time soon. I won't make my decision until after I take my visits, I'm pretty sure Michigan will get one."

Evans did attend one camp, at Florida, this summer and is spending his remaining time preparing for the upcoming season. The seniors on the squad are getting ready for a weekend trip. "The school has done this for the last 44 years or so," he said. "This weekend all the seniors will go up to a lake and spend the night, it's going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to it." Last season Evans had five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He reported a 40 time of 4.37 at the Florida camp and reports a 2.7 grade-point-average.

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