Camp season is on the horizon, and Ahkema Evans doesn't plan to miss it.
The 5-foot-10, 175 pound Coatesville, Pa., junior corner does not have an FBS offer, but ever since transferring from Pittsburgh Hopewell to Coatesville last winter, he's seen how the summer trips to college campuses around the region and country can lead to one.
So where will he camp?
"Since a lot of schools underestimate me because of my size, I choose to be physical," Evans said when asked to describe his style of play. "Physical is what a lot of schools want in a cornerback, and I feel my physicality, speed, and flipping my hips and coming down hill are all that they look for."
Secondary coach Darrell Wilson has been in touch with the junior for Rutgers, who has seen plenty of interest in return thanks to former Coatesville and Avon, Conn., Old Farms corner Dre Boggs nearing the start of his career with the Scarlet Knights.
"He came up to the school, and said as long as you can do the drills he teaches the defensive backs, I have an offer," Evans said. "That means a lot. It makes me feel like they know what I am willing to do on the field and they know that my 1-on-1 skills are good.
"They just want to see where my hips and feet are and doing college things. That's great."
Evans added the idea of potentially playing with a former teammate again in college is something he's thought about.
"There's talent in the school he came from, and that's actually great," Evans said. "He was a teammate, and it would be great playing with him again."
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is a program the junior is plenty familiar with from his time at Hopewell. The corner grew up in the Steel City, and going to camp there would be an easy decision because of it.
"I know nothing but Pittsburgh," he said. "I've been to their facilities, they have a great coaching staff, and I've been through camp [there] before."
"I'm loving the coaching staff and defensive backs coach. I've gotten about 15 letters from Pitt, and I'm hearing a lot from them."
Finally, West Virginia is another program the defender has geographic ties to.
Evans originally hails from West Virginia (he was born in Charlestown),and with family still in the area on top of a team camp stop in Morgantown last year, he's no stranger to the Mountaineers.
"I go down there a lot," he said. "Great fan base; I've been to one of the games, and their facilities are awesome.
"Whenever I was talking to the DB coach, he was like I remind him of Pacman [Jones]. That was great. They were like, if I come down there and run my 40 run like a 4.5 or 4.53 or whatever, I can get an offer."
Michigan has sent mail and noted to Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega that it likes Evans film, adding it would like to see it in person. However, the junior described the potential of camping in Ann Arbor, Mich., as a wait and see proposition.