Wide receiver Shaquelle Evans (6-2, 190, 4.5) from Inglewood, Calif., is making a strong case for himself to be rated among the nation's best wide receivers for the class of 2009. He is hearing from just about everyone in the nation and recently picked up his first two offers.
Colorado and UNLV are first out of the box and ahead of the rest of the class with offers. Cal, UCLA, USC, LSU, and Florida headline some of the major schools that are recruiting him.
"This kid has received mail from every school that you could imagine," Inglewood coach in charge of recruiting Khalid Ali said. "He has heard from every conference. Shaq is taking it all in stride because he is an extremely completive kid who focuses on winning
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"One of great things about Shaq is that is an easy kid to root for," Ali said. "He is very unassuming and by no means is he brash.
"When he scores a touchdown the whole team erupts on the sidelines because he is a likeable kid," Ali said. "Last Friday night against Beverly Hills, Shaq scored an 86 yard touchdown on the opening kickoff.
"Our sideline went crazy. We received a penalty because many of the ninth graders who were serving as water boys ran out past the sidelines box to celebrate with him. That play set the tone for the game.
Does Evans have any early favorites?
"UCLA, USC and Cal are my favorites," Evans said. "I want to play close home, but I'm really considering all schools at this time.
"I looking for a school where I can get a good environment and get a good education," Evans said. "I always dreamed of playing for the Miami Hurricanes and the UCLA Bruins.
"As a little kid the team I saw play was the Hurricanes and I liked them," Evans said. "I liked the UCLA because my Dad always liked them.
"I have been to a couple of USC games," Evans said. "I even saw the Stanford game.
Evans was also a pretty good basketball player, but saw that his future was on the gridiron and now concentrates totally on football.
So far for the season of 2007, Evans has 23 receptions for 454 yards and one touchdown while averaging almost 20 yards a catch.