Evans Wants to Narrow it Down

Inglewood's Shaquelle Evans, the #1-ranked wide receiver in the west, talked to us about his visit to UCLA's campus for Junior Day, how UCLA's doing in his recruitment and his recruitment time frame over the next six months...

Inglewood (Calif.) receiver Shaquelle Evans (6-2, 192) said he knew he was going to be able to play football in college, but he never expected his recruitment to be at the pace it is.

"I never imagined it would be like this," said Evans, who has 17 scholarship offers and is the most heavily recruited receiver in the West. "I didn't realize I'd end up as one of the premier student-athletes. It's a blessing and an honor."

Evans said it's also a long and involved process that he admits he hadn't fully comprehended how enormous it is.

Evans said: "It's pretty hectic and I think in the coming months, I should start to narrow it down because 17 schools is a lot. I just want to focus on the schools who have recruited me hard and who have shown me the interest and the schools I like. I want to get it down to about six or seven schools." And what's the time frame for his ultimate decision? "At first, I wanted to make my decision before the season," Evans said, "But now I'm starting to think that I will wait throughout the season, to maybe January. That will give me time to really think and give me time to see the schools. I'm planning on taking all five official visits."

Evans did say that seven schools are standing out for him at the moment. "I'd say that the top seven schools so far are UCLA, USC, Cal, Notre Dame, Colorado, LSU and Ohio State," said Evans. "I know I'm going to take official visits to LSU and Ohio State for sure."

Last weekend, Evans took an unofficial visit to UCLA for the Bruins' Junior Day, and the trip left an indelible mark on him.

"It was good for me, and a good experience," said Evans. "I got to talk with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Reggie) Moore, and they are pretty good guys. They expressed their liking of me, and how much they like me as a receiver. They want me there and that means a lot to me. They emphasized a lot that I am their top receiver target. Coach Moore told me over and over that I'm their top guy."

Evans, in fact, said the Bruins are emerging as a favorite in his recruitment.

"UCLA is really pushing up there. Especially at their Junior Day. They're showing me that they really want me and I can make an immediate impact. They told me I can really excel in their offense and I can come in as a true freshman and play," said Evans.

Still, he's not ready to make anyone the exclusive front-runner. "A lot of schools are still in the mix right now," said Evans. "I know some schools are going to be visiting in the spring. Notre Dame is supposed to come down to the school on May 8th for one."

Evans also knows that his emergence as one of the elite prospects in the country will benefit his Inglewood teammates. "This is what it's all about, helping my teammates out," said Evans. "I know it will bring coaches out in the spring when they come and see me. They might catch my teammates doing something good, they might see them and it's about helping my teammates out."

Evans first became a name to remember last summer at the B2G, when he exploded onto the scene in a receiver field that included Chris Polk (Washington), Marvin Jones (Cal), Kemonte Bateman and Clint Floyd (Arizona State).

"B2G was a great experience and it gave me an idea what college was like, with getting up early, going to breakfast, than having a few minutes before you hit the field and doing it all over again," said Evans. "It's showing you how it's going to be in college and how you'll have to be."

Evans plans to return to the B2G this summer and will also be at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles next month.

He also received some big news earlier this month when he was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"It was a terrific honor for me because I never thought I'd play in that game, so it's a great honor to be in a game like that," said Evans. "With all of the NFL draft picks who have played in it, to play in the AlamoDome, in front of all those people, it's a great, great honor."

During his junior season at Inglewood, Evans had 37 catches for 700 yards and six touchdowns.

Academically, Evans has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 1230 on the SAT, qualifying him by NCAA standards.

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