No longer considering himself verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin following the departure of Bielema and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, who also served as his recruiting contact, Sun Prairie (Wis.) junior defensive tackle Craig Evans is again looking at the big picture.
"I've open things back up a little bit," Evans told Badger Nation. "I am not committed to any school."
Rated a three-star prospect and the No.16 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, the 6-3, 310-pound Evans committed to Wisconsin on September 18, picking the Badgers over offers from Michigan State, Nebraska and Pittsburgh.
When asked if his decision to open things back up was so he could listen to other schools while Wisconsin sorts out its coaching staff, Evans agreed.
"I am just trying to take it all in, take it slow and make sure it doesn't get overwhelming," said Evans. "Overall, I am comfortable with my situation. I am taking my time with everything this time around. I want to give everybody a shot and go from there."
Evans said he has yet to hear from new head coach Gary Andersen or defensive backs coach Ben Strickland, but says he expects to talk to the coaches following the Rose Bowl. Evans said he has talked to any of the four players also committed in the 2014 class at this time.
"I plan on reaching out to them and get their opinion on the whole situation to see what they are going to do," Evans said.
Admitting that he felt he made his decision too quickly the first time around, Evans hopes to make a firm decision by the start of his senior season so he can focus on leading the Cardinals back to the WIAA state championship game, and hopefully end the year with a better result.
"I would like it done by the spring and the summer so I can focus on my team," said Evans.