Evans Ready to Decide

SAN ANTONIO — Despite what the constant sheepish smile may seem to indicate, Maurice Evans is an intense, super-quick pass rushing defensive lineman. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound four-star defensive end prospect from Christ the King High School in Middle Village, N.Y. will decide between his final two schools at the Army All-American Bowl here Saturday.

Evans has narrowed his list to Penn State and Virginia. He garnered praise from the East team's defensive line coach, Greg Toal, after excelling in the the first few days of practice here.

“The [Robert] Rose kid and Maurice Evans are two guys who really stood out the past three days,” Toal said in an interview with Scout.com recruiting analyst Chris Pool. “Maurice Evans is quick off the edge, he's got a motor and he's relentless. He's another young man that has a bright future.”

Always with an ear-to-ear grin on his face, Evans talked about the final stages of his recruitment, as well as his experience in San Antonio preparing to the Army All-American Bowl.

“It's been great, I like the weather, it's been nice and warm,” Evans said. “Everything is going fine.”

But does he like the weather better than his frigid home state of New York?

“Yeah, it's like 20 degrees back there,” Evans laughed.

As for his final choices, Evans reiterated that his final schools are Virginia and Penn State. He took an official visit to Penn State Dec. 9. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Virginia the week after, however Evans cancelled the trip shortly after his return home from his official visit to Happy Valley.

“I'm done, I'm happy I have it down to my choices,” Evans said. “I feel comfortable with both schools, they both feel like home. It's just going to be a decision I'm going to have to go with my gut feeling on.”

Evans also has played audience to current Penn State commitments Jared Odrick and Chris Bell, both of whom have talked to Evans about Penn State.

“I know a couple of them, so we had a friendship before this,” Evans said. “I met a couple of them on an unofficial visit to Penn State earlier in the year. That's how we met, and I met them again [here]. [The Penn State verbal commitments] say, 'who wouldn't want to come to a winning program?' and I'm like, you're right. It's going to be up to me to make the choice.”

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