Evans Updates Recruitment

One of the top-ranked players in the state of Wisconsin for 2014, Sun Prairie (WI) defensive tackle and Wisconsin commit Craig Evans took an official visit to Arkansas last weekend to see the campus and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, who has recruited Evans for the past four years.

SUN PRAIRIE - Travelling down to Mississippi over the years to visit his birth home and see family members, defensive tackle Craig Evans knew from looking outside his car window that Arkansas was a beautiful place, but never really took the time to stop in Fayetteville and poke around the campus.

But with the football program now employing a couple of his mentors, Evans made last weekend all about the Razorbacks.

"Going down to Arkansas was a great time," Evans told Fox Sports Next about his official visit. "It's a beautiful campus, man. Beautiful environment. Nice to be around southern people and overall just a great visit. There was nothing down about it; great coaches, great facilities, great people, caring southern people who aren't afraid of interacting with new people. I went down there and felt like I was already going there. It was that type of love. It was just crazy, but overall it was a great visit."

That affinity for Evans comes from head coach Bret Bielema and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, who already once secured the four-star defensive tackle's verbal commitment when the pair was coaching last season at Wisconsin. Since the move to the SEC, Partridge has continued to aggressively recruit the No.16 defensive tackle in the country, and was the main reason Evans took the visit in the first place.

"I also went down for Coach B, but mainly went for coach Partridge," said Evans. "The relationship I have with that guy is unexplainable. I've known him since my freshman year. That kind of explains it all. I got coached up by him, sat down and watched him coach and watched what he does to his defensive players.

"I went down there and talked to some of his players. They told me they flipped their whole philosophy of football. People think the SEC is all about football and not about school. Those guys told me they didn't care about school, just football. Coach P came in and flipped that around quick, saying the student comes first in student-athlete. He got that message in and now their GPA is going up and they are still succeeding. When it starts in the classroom, it's going to carry over to the field.

"It's unbelievable what he can do and I know what he can do for me. That's my biggest thing right now. I can't just turn down what he can do for me and I know the type of person he can turn me into. That's the only reason why Arkansas is even there."

Evans admitted following the weekend that he could see himself fitting in at Arkansas because of his relationship with the coaching staff, but said in the same breath that the situation at Wisconsin is almost perfect for him.

"I just can't see myself leaving Wisconsin," said Evans. "Coach Andersen is a great guy. Wisconsin overall is a great environment, full of love and a live place. There environment is crazy on game days. It's going to be a tough decision, but I think I am going to do what's right for me."

Evans took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin for the Tennessee Tech game, will visit Wisconsin for the Purdue game and take an official visit to Wisconsin somewhere down the road.

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