There are close to 300 prospects in the class of 2014 already listing college scholarship offers. One of those is Sun Prairie, Wis., defensive tackle Craig Evans, who picked up two BCS offers this spring from Nebraska and Pitt. He detailed how those scholarship offers came about.
"I had a pretty good relationship with [Bob] Bostad when he was at Wisconsin," Evans said. "After he went to Pittsburgh he came over to my school and offered me before he went to Tampa Bay."
"I was kind of shocked about [Nebraska] because they came to see me and couldn't really talk much. Then, two days later my coach got a call. He called me down to his office and said, 'Nebraska wants to offer you.' It was pretty shocking, but it was pretty cool."
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The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Evans has interest from schools across the Midwest, but the early offers from Nebraska and Pitt are being reciprocated by the sophomore defensive tackle.
"Since Pittsburgh and Nebraska are showing interest in me as only a sophomore, I'm going to have some loyalty for them because they see what other coaches don't see right now," Evans said.
Visits to both schools are planned in June, when he expects to take part in their summer camps. His first trip will be to Nebraska.
"I am actually going there on an unofficial visit right when school lets out to meet the head coach and explore the place a little bit," Evans said.
Evans also is looking to attend camps at Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and possibly another school or two. Michigan State is another school showing interest early on, and Evans is hoping to draw interest from the SEC as his recruitment progresses.
"I am actually from Jackson, Miss. I moved to Wisconsin my first year in high school," Evans said. "I would definitely like to get some interest from Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss."