Evans Maps Out Official Visits

Ohio State has a history of developing wide receivers to play in the NFL, and that history has caught the eye of five-star prospect Shaquelle Evans. As the summer approaches, Evans lays out his plan for the coming months and lists which schools will factor into that plan to BuckeyeSports.com.

Being a five-star wide receiver prospect naturally brings some of the nation's top college coaches to your high school. In the case of Shaquelle Evans, though, that honor simply means he can bring more exposure to his high school of Inglewood, Calif.

"It's been great," Evans told BuckeyeSports.com when asked about how the recruiting process has treated him to this point. "It's an honor to have big-time schools come to your school, especially when your school hasn't experienced it very much. Just to bring those guys around my teammates has been the biggest part of it. I like that I'm bringing more exposure to my teammates."

Evans added that having coaches from top schools simply makes practice more enjoyable rather than more stressful.

A laundry list of many of the top teams in the country have offered the 6-2, 192-pound Evans. As he consults with his school's coaching staff as he tries to narrow down a list, Evans has a lengthy list of criteria with which he will judge the schools recruiting him.

"I'm looking for an experienced coaching staff, somebody that I feel like can best prepare me for the next level," he said. "I want a good environment at the school, a winning team and a stable coaching staff. I don't want to have a different position coach every year and a different head coach. I want to get a good education and go somewhere with high graduation rates."

Asked which of the schools recruiting him fit those criteria, he listed four: USC, UCLA, Notre Dame and Michigan.

"Those schools stand out because they have experienced coaching staffs and people that have won big games and championships – conference championships and national championships," he said. "You can't go wrong with those schools."

However, those are far from the only schools pursuing Evans. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 6 wide receiver in the country after he nabbed 37 passes for 700 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.

But as the summer progresses, Evans said he does not plan on taking any unofficial visits to schools that are recruiting him. Rather, he will take official visits in the fall to five schools – all of whom are still in the running, he said.

"I'm not going to take official visits to USC and UCLA," he said. "Those are too close. My officials are going to end up being Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, LSU and Tennessee."

Evans has spoken with OSU receivers coach Darrell Hazell on the phone "two or three times," he said, and an unidentified Buckeye coach was at his school earlier in the month to take in a practice.

Although he did not single them out as a school that meets his criteria, Evans said there is much to like about the Buckeyes.

"I like the fact that they are winning and that the last few years they have put three receivers into the first round in Santonio Holmes, Anthony Gonzalez and Ted Ginn," he said. "They've played in two national championships. Ohio State has Jim Tressel, who is a great coach and a good experienced coaching staff."

Those are all factors Hazell has apparently tried to impress upon Evans.

"He was just telling me how he puts people in the NFL and how he's part of a stable coaching staff," Evans said. "He told me about what kind of education I could get and just how the school is a good football town and everybody loves the Buckeyes."

Although Evans has never been to Columbus, he said he sees the Buckeyes on television every few weeks when they are on national television.

The plan going forward is for Evans to make a final decision sometime around National Signing Day. For now, at least, it appears there are plenty of schools with an opportunity to land the five-star prospect.

"Everybody has a chance in my mind," he said.

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