Evege Emerges As An Elite Prospect In Junior Class

Speedy junior RB/DB Donnie Evege of Huber Heights (Oh.) Wayne was expected to impress some folks at camp this summer, but even he was surprised to come out of the camp season with two early scholarship offers. As of now, Evege stands as one of Ohio's top ten junior prospects. Read on for an update on Evege from Dave Biddle.

Huber Heights Wayne running back/cornerback Donnie Evege is one of Ohio's top juniors.

He attended Ohio State's advanced camp on June 25 and recorded a vertical leap of 36 inches.

"The Ohio State camp went good," Evege said. "I got to see some old faces and got a chance to compete with some great athletes. I talked to (OSU head coach Jim) Tressel, (running backs coach Dick) Tressel and (defensive coordinator) Jim Heacock."

The 5-11, 185-pound Evege ran a 4.4 at OSU, in what is considered a slow track. At Miami University the previous week, he broke off a 4.31.

Evege is transferring from Xenia this season. Wayne and Xenia both play in the Greater Western Ohio Conference, which includes the Division I powers from the Dayton area.

"It was a decision my parents made," Evege said of the transfer. "It's just best for my family. It's closer to my dad's job and the education is a little bit better at Wayne and I have a little sister. We didn't have any problems at Xenia, it's just better for my family."

Evege already has two scholarship offers: Miami University and Purdue.

"When Purdue offered at their camp, I was excited," he said. "I wasn't expecting it. It completely took me by surprise. That felt good to get an offer from a school like Purdue. I also like Miami. They're both good schools."

Evege was asked where Ohio State would factor in if the Buckeyes stepped up with an offer.

"Oh, Ohio State would definitely be up there," he said.

What other schools are on Evege's list?

"Anyone who's interested," he said. "Any school that shows interest in me, I'm interested in them. I don't care how big or small."

With it being so early in the recruiting process for a junior, Evege is not sure when he will make a decision. He could decide next summer, or he could wait all the way until February of 2007.

"Honestly, I don't know," he said. "It could be early, or I could wait. Just depends on what offers I get."

One school that is showing a lot of interest in Evege is Tennessee.

"Tennessee is close to offering, I think," he said. "They haven't officially offered yet, but they say things like, ‘You know you can come here if you want, right?' They say stuff like that, but haven't really offered."

Evege will likely end up at cornerback when his college days arrive. But at Wayne, he is expected to start both ways.

"I think that's the plan," he said. "I didn't get many carries last year, but I think I'm going to be a full-time running back and DB this year. Whatever the team needs is what I'll do."

Evege reports a core GPA of 3.7 and has scored a 21 on the ACT.

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