No Reason to Wait

Originally wanting to wait until the end of his junior year to make a final decision, Sun Prairie (Wis.) junior defensive tackle Craig Evans decided there is no better place that Wisconsin, adding his name to an impressive 2014 recruiting class.

MADISON - As he stood on his Sun Prairie High School a week ago Friday, junior defensive tackle Craig Evans admitted that Wisconsin was his favorite school, but that he wanted to go through the recruiting process and make his decision following his junior year.

Afer spending Saturday night on the University of Wisconsin's campus and with verbal commitments to the 2013 and 2014 class, Evans came to the realization that he didn't need to wait any longer.

"I talked it over with my family and I don't think any school could have offered me what Wisconsin had to offer me," Evans told Badger Nation. "After evaluating everything, I really like what the school had to offer me. I am looking to build on that. Wisconsin is a great program."

Evans is the fifth commit to Wisconsin's 2014 recruiting class – a star-studded class that includes four in-state players and an out-of-state quarterback who all have the potential to be four-star players when the initial junior rankings come out later this fall.

Evans earned his offer following Wisconsin's high school summer camp, spending time working with co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge; who Evans refers to as a ‘best friend.'

"I am excited to be hanging out with him a lot when I start going there," said Evans. "That's a plus to be able to get along with him right away. I was thinking what reasons I had not to commit. I really didn't have any. I wanted to get it over with so I could focus on school. Wiscosnin is going to be a great fit to me."

The 6-2, 325-pound Evans had offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. He also says Georgia, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and UCLA have started showing him considerable interest.

"It's not too often saying that a winning program can say that a bunch of freshmen have a background of how each other play," said Evans. "Me and George Panos got to play against each other my freshmen year and me and Jaden Gault play basketball together for a couple season. We all have a good relationship. Me and Conor Sheehy were talking at the game this past weekend and he said having me in the class can really help move Wisconsin's class forward. He thinks we really can make Wisconsin do big things, so that was pretty exciting.

"You aren't going to find too many colleges whose recruiting classes are going to be as strong as ours."

This year has already been a dream for Evans, who relocated to Sun Prairie at age 15 after a turbulent upbringing in Jackson, Miss. A force in the middle of the defensive line, Evans has helped Sun Prairie to a perfect 4-0 and a ranking of third in the state among Division 1 teams.

"I just have to sit back and look at it and be excited," said Evans. "I always knew I could go Division 1 and that I had the athleticism (to do so). I am just enjoying every moment and just getting better. There are things I want to grow at. I want to be more coachable. Sometimes I get down on myself. I feel like If I can mature that way, I'll be a lot better in the long run. I feel if I can push myself and not take plays off, I will be a solid player."

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