Evans Talks USC, UCLA, ND and Recruiting

Shaquelle Evans, the big-play wide receiver from Inglewood HS has become one of the hottest commodities in the 2009 recruiting class the past few months. Evans, the top rated wide receiver on the West Coast by Scout.com is up to 17 offers and has assistant coaches from the top programs across the nation descending on the Inglewood campus to get a first-hand look at the speedy receiver.

Shaquelle Evans, the big-play wide receiver from Inglewood HS has become one of the hottest commodities in the 2009 recruiting class the past few months. Evans, the top rated wide receiver on the West Coast by Scout.com is up to 17 offers and has assistant coaches from the top programs across the nation descending on the Inglewood campus to get a first-hand look at the speedy receiver.

"Right now is the evaluation process so I have been getting coaches coming out to my school and they talk to my coaches," Evans said. "Notre Dame was here yesterday, on Wednesday, it was USC, Oregon and Ohio State and today Oregon State came up here.

"UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and Colorado, those are the schools that are recruiting me the hardest," Evans explained, but insists that he doesn't have an official leader at this point.

The five-star receiver has had aspirations of playing in the NFL ever since he started playing organized football as a 5 year-old and is looking to attend a school that can best prepare him to play on Sundays.

"My dream is to go to the NFL and I want to make sure that I go somewhere where I can get the best hands-on learning to reach my goals," said Evans, who also says academics will play a major role in his decision.


Evans hard at work in the weight room.
"I'm looking for a coaching staff with NFL experience and somewhere where I can get a great education because football can't last forever," he said. "I want to go somewhere with a great education and good alumni that can connect you with internships so you can prepare for after football and have a successful life.

"Notre Dame, UCLA and USC have prestigious alumni all over the country and that is what distinguishes them from the rest of the group.

"UCLA, I like their new coaching staff. There's Norm Chow, who won two national championships and developed two Heisman Trophy winners in Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer, and Neuheisel led Washington to a Pac-10 title when he was there and did a good job at Colorado.

"USC has like one of the top coaching staffs. Pete Carroll has championships and Steve Sarkisian is the offensive coordinator. Coach Morton was with the Raiders and coached Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. If he can coach some great guys like that he must know what he is doing, so I was pleased that he came down here.

"That's what I like about those two schools. They are NFL equipped.

"Notre Dame said they could use me on the inside or the outside. Just move me around any way to get me the ball. They said they used Jeff Samardzija like that. One week he would be good to use in the slot, maybe another week they would get him on the outside. They said they could use me to create matchup problems.

Originally, Evans wanted to make his commitment before the start of his senior season but with all the attention he's been receiving, he wants to take his time to learn about all the schools that have offered him and is in no rush to make a decision.

"I'm going to go to Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and LSU. The fifth one is still in question but those are the four that I want to do," Evans explained. "At first, I wanted to do it before the season but now I want to find out more about the schools and I'm going to wait until after the season to make my decision.

"I just want to go wherever I feel is the best place for me."

This summer Evans plans to attend the B2G Camp and the Rising Stars Camp at USC.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden at kevin@scplaybook.com


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