Evans Jumps On Intriguing Opportunity

Shaquelle Evans currently has just one official visit set in stone.

The four-star receiver from Inglewood, Calif., will be in South Bend for the Notre Dame-Michigan game on Sept. 13.

"That game, that's always been a big game," Shaquelle Evans said. "A big rivalry game. It's just going to be a good experience, and a lot of people that don't live out there in the Indiana area don't get to experience it. It's very intriguing, and when I got the opportunity, I took it and ran with it."

That weekend will also give the Irish coaching staff the opportunity to make quite an impression on the 6-foot-2, 192-pound Evans, who ranks Notre Dame among his early favorites.

"I'm looking to see if it's a college town," Evans said. "Are the fans wild and supportive? What type of community it is. The diversity of the school. How the students act. Is it a safe environment? Things like that."

Scout.com ranks Evans as the No. 6 wide receiver in the country after he nabbed 37 passes for 700 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. The Inglewood High standout has racked up scholarship offers from the likes of USC, UCLA, California, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Other places Evans is considering visiting with his other four available officials, is Ohio State, Colorado, Michigan, LSU and Tennessee. He has taken unofficial trips in the past to USC, UCLA and California.

Evans keeps in touch with Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian through emails and occasional phone calls. He has also talked with receivers coach Rob Ianello, and head coach Charlie Weis a couple times.

"He tells me how great Notre Dame is, and how the education is great and how they graduate over 90 percent of their players, and a few of them even get masters degrees in four, four-and-a-half years. He was telling me about the academics parts."

Weis and Evans also talked a little football.

"He said they'll move me around to the slot, they'll have me outside, they'll use me all over the place."

Evans is playing in the U.S. Army All-American game in early January. That's around the time he plans on announcing his verbal commitment.

"Just the tradition of the program and the great players that have come out there," Evans explained of why he has Notre Dame in the running. "It's a winning program with a great academic program."

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