Major Development With Wayne's Evege

It's already looking like junior ATH Donnie Evege of Huber Heights (Oh.) Wayne will be a national recruit next year. Ohio State and several other impressive programs are paying close attention. According to Duane Long, there has been a major development for Evege. Read on for more on this future blue-chipper.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- With new information gleaned Monday night, we are updating our report on Donnie Evege from Huber Heights Wayne. First, the update then the report from last Friday.

Dec. 19 Update:

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne junior standout Donnie Evege now has an offer from Ohio State, he told

Evege attended one of OSU's recent bowl practices and was offered by the Buckeyes.

"It was such an honor being offered," Evege said. "I was not expecting it. I have been going up for years. I have spoken to Coach Tressel before. This time, it was a bit different. I was offered.

"I saw a couple of other top players up there. That makes it that much more special. I was suprised at the timing. It just happened. I am very high on Ohio State. It is definitely one of my top schools if not the top school. They like me a lot and I like them a lot. I want to stay close to home."

But Evege said he is no hurry to make a decision.

"I still want to see some other schools first, though," he said. "I am not going to rush into anything."

Dec. 16 Story:

Recruiters across the Midwest are already hot on the trail of Huber Heights (Oh.) Wayne junior DB/ATH Donnie Evege. The speedy athlete already has an impressive list of schools in touch.

"Purdue and Miami of Ohio have officially offered," Evege said. "All the Big Ten schools are in touch except Michigan, (and) Stanford, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Miami (Fla.) (are also in touch). It always is fun to get mail."

Evege (5-11, 186) planned on heading down to Ohio State this weekend to check out a practice and also has his eyes on some junior days.

"I have a junior day on the 14th at Notre Dame," Evege said. "I am looking at doing some more junior days but I have not set them up."

Evege attended two Ohio State games this year (Miami (Oh)., Texas) and has already made rounds on the camp circuit.

"I camped at Ohio State, Miami of Ohio, Purdue, Tennessee, and West Virginia," he said. "They were all pretty intense. I learned a lot."

Evege says he will want to choose a college where he fits in well.

"Can I be in this place for 4 or 5 years? That is what is going to be what determines where I go," he said. "If I get hurt or something, can I still be happy here?"

One of the faster players in the state, Evege is currently running indoor track.

"I have run 4.3 (40)," he said. "I think I can run faster."

This season was Evege's first at Wayne after transferring from Xenia.

"I played both receiver and sometimes I was a back," he said. "We run so many different sets. I played both free and strong safety for the first time."

He does, however, have a position he wants to play in mind.

"That is one of the reasons I want to get my weight up," he said. "I want to be a running back."

Evege currently lists a 21 ACT (will retake) and a 3.7 GPA and is a National Honor Society student.

"I am likely going to look at business as a major," he said. "I am not sure. I have time to make that decision."

He already has a timetable in mind for a decision.

"I am taking my junior day visits then look at a possible early commitment," he said.

Expect Evege to be one of the top 20 prospects in the state of Ohio next season, if not one of the top 10.

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