Evans keeping options open

Like his predecessor, Andersen is attempting to tap into junior college talent to fill the gaps in Wisconsin's secondary with the departure of cornerbacks Devin Smith and Marcus Cromartie, and safety Shelton Johnson this off season.

MADISON — Wisconsin is not known for going the JUCO route, but with the dire need in their secondary for next year, former head coach Bret Bielema secured a commitment from Georgia Military School (GA.) cornerback Tiquention Coleman.

Since then, both Bielema and Coleman have left for Arkansas, but newly appointed head coach Gary Andersen found another playmaker in Highland (KA.) Junior College cornerback Marwin Evans.

"My season was good," Evans said. "I had about two picks against Butler, who was the number one JUCO team in the nation until they got beat by Iowa Western. I also had about 60 tackles this season. We only won two games, but our defense was good.

"Personally, I thought I did good this season. My man-to-man coverage like the bump and runs, I thought got better from this season. I never really put it to work, so this season I did."

Wisconsin wasn't the lone competitor for Evans with him holding offers from Utah State, Hawaii, Toledo, Wyoming, New Mexico and University of San Antonio. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound ball hawk looks like he will be hearing from Cincinnati and West Virginia pretty soon as well in his rising recruitment. Evans is starting his official visits soon, starting Utah State Friday, Hawaii next weekend and University of San Antonio on Jan. 25th. As for Wisconsin, it looks like secondary coach Bill Busch is working with admissions to make a visit for Evans become a reality.

"My recruitment is going good," Evans said. "I was offered by Utah State when coach Andersen was there. Once he made a change like a week or two ago after the change they asked me if I would like to come to Wisconsin and if I would be interested in coming home to play. I told them that I am interested, but again I committed to Utah State and de-committed, so I am looking at some other schools and will wait until Signing Day to make my decision. I am kinda interested to come back, but open to listening to other schools that want me. Wisconsin might also get an official visit, so I haven't talked to them yet.

"When I do go on these visits, I will be looking at the facilities and how well I feel around everyone like if it will like feel I am at home. I want to be at a good place that I can spend two or three years at that school. I really want to be comfortable at the school."

Before his days in junior college, he attended Oak Ridge High School in Wisconsin and got the opportunity to actually play against some of Badgers during his time there. He was also exposed to Wisconsin's winning tradition.

"I know a lot of players on Wisconsin because I played against them in high school," Evans said. "I played against Melvin Gordon and Lance Baretz. In my junior year, we played against and lost in the second round of the playoffs to Marcus and Michael Trotter. That is the year they won state and we were beating [them by] 14 at halftime, but they came back and won by seven.

"I really like Wisconsin. They just have been in their third straight year at the Rose Bowl. The winning tradition and the coaches they have now. The coaches are really cool and great people."

During his recruitment to Utah State, Busch was the main man laying down the ground work for Evans.

"Coach Bill Busch was the one who I was talking to first at Utah State and then once I got offered, I got talk to Coach Andersen a couple of times," Evans said. "Coach Andersen seemed pretty good and a really good person. He looks out for his players and it seemed like they had a very good relationship with all his players at Utah State and made sure they were okay and stuff like that. Coach Andersen just seems like he loves his players a lot."

Many have not seen or even heard of Evans, but he finds his game a lot more valuable and impactful than most would expect.

"I feel like I am a good cover guy," Evans said. "I can come down and hit. I am really aggressive and can be a big corner, so that helps. A field guy corner that can come down and hit you, so I can be very tough to handle."

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