Evans Talks About UCLA

The Oklahoma defensive end prospect, <b>Chadd Evans</b>, talks at length about UCLA and how much he likes the school. So, did Evans commit or not?

Chadd Evans, 6-3, 254, 4.8, Tulsa (Okla.) Washington, wasted no time in accepting an offer from UCLA defensive line coach Don Johnson. Evans had recently received a qualifying score of 21 on the ACT to become fully qualified academically. The question is whether it is a solid or soft verbal.


Evans says in addition to UCLA he would like to take some other official visits. "I'll probably go on other visits, but UCLA is a great place. As a child it is a place I always dreamed about. It's just a great atmosphere," Evans said. Asked if he knew about head coach Bob Toledo's policy against committed recruits taking official visits to other schools, Evans said he had heard nothing about that policy. At the present time the only other visit he has scheduled is with Tennessee. It would be on the weekend of January 24, so the UCLA visit would be first. "Actually I haven't talked to coach Toledo yet. I received a letter from coach Toledo today (Tuesday) actually. It was a letter welcoming me, about my official visit, and that he is ready to meet me. I'll be out there on an official visit January 10th-12th."


Jackie Evans, Chadd's mother explained her son's attraction to UCLA, "He has always been interested in UCLA. He went to the Oklahoma State-UCLA game on the Cowboys ticket and really fell in love with the UCLA program. He can just see himself fitting in very well at UCLA, but I think he should visit other schools as well just to make sure UCLA is the right place for him" she said. "Going to the Oklahoma State-UCLA game just made me like them more," Evans said. "Seeing the team play, and the style that they play. Who wouldn't want to play at a place where all their home games are played at the Rose Bowl?"


Other schools that are after Evans' services are Tennessee, Oklahoma State, SMU, Arkansas, Tulsa, Kansas Colorado and Rice. "SMU, Tulsa, Kansas, Rice and UCLA have offered."


Evans' cousin is Orlando Magic power forward Ryan Humphrey. Humphrey was Student Sports top two-sport athlete in the country when he graduated high school. He came very close to choosing UCLA, and he has not lost his admiration for the school. "That's one reason I like UCLA so much" Evans said. "Talking to him, he has nothing but great things to say about UCLA. We are real close. He is one on my mentors that I look up to and seek advice from. I talk to him almost every other day." Jackie concurs, "Ryan calls constantly, and he really likes UCLA."


Evans said more of Humphrey: "He calls me whether they are on the road, or just after practice or after a hard game. We talk a lot about how the next level you go up to gets harder and that means you have to work harder and practice harder. He was really on my case about t

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