Right Place, Right Offer, Wrong Time

Normally Inglewood (Calif.) High's on-campus football coach pulls Shaquelle Evans out of class when a college coach comes by the school to visit the class of 2009 standout receiver. Unfortunately for Evans, that coach isn't in the building during fourth hour, and nobody else on the staff works at the school.

On Monday, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis came by to personally drop off a scholarship offer. Evans sat in his fourth hour class, knowing nothing about his special visitor.

"I didn't find out until (Monday) night when I got home from working out," Shaquelle Evans stated. He has also been offered by Colorado and UNLV. "Usually when a coach comes, they call me out of class.

"I didn't know it was coming like that," Evans added about the offer. "I was mad because I wanted to meet him and I didn't get to meet him. It was a shocker."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Evans was pulled out of class a month ago to meet Irish assistant coach Brian Polian.

"He was like, I like your transcripts," Evans said. He has a 3.6 GPA. "You're the kind of kid we need at our school. We'll probably make you an offer soon, and he did."

Evans said that California will likely offer next week. All the Pac 10 programs are showing interest. So is Florida, Miami and several other top schools.

This past fall, Evans reported that he had 40 catches for about 750 yards and eight touchdowns. Also used as a kickoff and punt returner, he ended up with 1,300 all-purpose yards and 13 scores. Evans runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, bench presses 265 pounds, and squats 405.

"They say my routes, my explosiveness, and my ability to catch the ball and always finish going forward," Evans said of why college coaches like him. "The ability to go deep and blocking downfield, stuff like that."

Early this month, Evans was one of the top performing receivers at the U.S. Army National Combine held in San Antonio, Calif.

"I did pretty well," he said. "I made a couple guys look bad in one-on-one drills. This one corner was talking a lot. I don't know his first name, last name was Clarke (Dominic Clarke). He was from Maryland. I made him look bad on a post curl. He shut up after that."

Evans plans to attend USC's junior day this weekend. He is currently open to everyone in the recruiting process, and will likely take all his visits before coming to a decision sometime around National Signing Day 2009.

"Going away from home is a possibility," Evans began. "I'm not limiting myself to staying over here. I'll try and explore the East Coast on my trips next year, and see how it is over there.

"I'm looking for coach prestige. How well the team is together, I don't want to be on a team that is not cohesive. I want to be on a team that is enthusiastic, that gets along with each other. A good education, stuff like that."

Notre Dame will definitely be a program in the mix for an official visit.

"That'd be cool to take a trip there."

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