Family Feeling

The minute Dallas, Texas, defensive end Victor Evans stepped foot on the Ole Miss campus for a visit this weekend with teammate Ty Barrett, he knew.

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The vibe was different. Strangers knew who Evans, rated a three-star prospect by, was and made a point to approach him and welcome him to Oxford. And there was something different about the coaches and players, of a sense of family as he made the visit rounds.

He felt at home.

And so, as he wrapped up his visit on Saturday, the once undeclared Evans, who entered the weekend with a final two of Ole Miss and Texas, was done with the recruiting process.

He committed to the Rebels, becoming the 19th commitment for the recruiting class of 2014.

"As soon as I stepped on the campus, I felt the vibe from everybody. Everybody already knew who we were," Evans said. "It's a small-town feeling; everybody knows who you are.

"The coaches, they approach you like a family. They let you know they care. They never rushed me. They never pressured me into making my decision. They were going to be happy for me wherever I went."

Victor Evans

The tight-knit atmosphere around the program, as well as in and around Oxford, appealed to the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Evans, who stars for powerhouse Dallas Skyline High School.

"I was looking to see how the outside life was when I'm off the field, how the academics are, how the academic advisor was and how he was going to help me get my major and my minor and how the coaching staff was," he said.

"They were so laid back. That's the atmosphere I liked."

Evans' former teammate, quarterback Devante Kincade, signed with Ole Miss in February in a recruiting class headlined by four five-star prospects, including the top overall player in the country in defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.

Evans is eager to join the fold.

"I can bring just another body out there that can help get them to the point they need to be at with Robert Nkemdiche and them out there," he said. "This is a top-talent defensive line."

Ole Miss finished 7-6 in the debut season of head coach Hugh Freeze. The Rebels were recently picked to finish fourth in the SEC West by local and national media at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.

Expectations are high as the season draws closer. Evans said the focus of the coaches and players was obvious while on his visit.

"The bond between the coaches and the players and how everybody is there for one another. They all get after it in practice and they take care of their business as a team. They're all looking for one thing and that's a national championship," he said.

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