Craig Evans is a defensive tackle out of Arizona Western Community College who stands 6’3” tall and tips the scales at 330-pounds. He attended Sun Prairie High School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, where he was recruited by Gary Andersen while he was at Wisconsin. Originally a member of the 2014 recruiting class, Evans signed with Michigan State out of high school and spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as a Spartan before transferring to AZ Western. While at MSU, he redshirted the 2014 season and played in 2015, where he recorded 21 tackles with 3.5 for loss and a sack. This past fall he was a beast in Yuma, racking up 58 tackles, with 18.5 tackles-for-loss and 5 ½ sacks. Out of high school, Evans was received a 4* ranking from Scout, the 167th best player in the nation and 16th best defensive tackle. As a junior college recruit, Scout gave him a 3* rating while naming him the 62nd best JUCO recruit in the nation. Will have two years to play two upon arriving in Corvallis in May.
LEAD OSU RECRUITER:
Gary Andersen – Position/Lead
Chad Kaua’aha’a -- Position
Evans was nearly a lock for the Beavers even though he did not commit until the JUCO early signing day in December. He entertained offers from other programs throughout the process, but always maintained that the Beavers were in the lead for his services. The main reason for his interest in the Beavers was due to his relationship with Gary Andersen that stemmed back to his recruitment while in high school and Andersen was at Wisconsin. Evans had been a longtime commit to Wisconsin, in fact he committed to them three separate times, before finally flipping to Michigan State on signing day 2014. Despite his last minute change of heart, he maintained a strong relationship with Andersen, one in which he claims to be more than just football related. This time around, he pledged to the Beavers over other known offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Ole Miss and Kentucky. The Wildcats received his only other visit, which he took in December. He visited OSU on September 24th for the Boise State game alongside Charles Watson, Tayari Venable, and Jahmal Wynter.
Evans is tenacious with a high motor… Very light on his feet for a 300-pounder… Able to beat opposing linemen with great strength and agility… Requires a double team, will dominate most one-on-one matchups… Very explosive out of his stance… Uses his hands well in keeping linemen from engaging…
INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:
Evans was a bit of a surprise visitor for the Boise State game as he actually called Coach Andersen earlier in the week and told him that he had transferred to AZ Western and was interested in checking out Oregon State. The visit was set up and he tripped to Corvallis a couple days later. There had been rumors that Evans had been a silent commit for sometime, but those were unfounded as he had the coaching staff on pins and needles as signing day approached. While they had a good feeling that he would end up a Beaver, Andersen knew not to count on it until he had actually received the LOI from Craig. Coach Tom Minnick, Arizona Western’s head coach, made the comment that he had never seen an athlete pretty much ignore college coaches that tried to get involved with Evans down the stretch basically because he knew where he wanted to go and that was OSU.