Wisconsin is leading the Big Ten with three early commitments in the class of 2014 after the addition of Monona Grove, Wisc., offensive tackle Jaden Gault on Saturday. The Badgers nearly had another in that class commit to them this summer.
"I actually thought about committing to Wisconsin," said Sun Prairie, Wisc., 2014 defensive tackle Craig Evans. "Then I had to think about it and it was maybe too early."
Although the Badgers did not land Evans' commitment over the summer, they are in good position to pick it up later in the process.
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"I really like Wisconsin… it is a pretty nice school," Evans said. "I would probably put them at No. 1 and Michigan State and Nebraska are right around there too."
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Evans holds offers from Wisconsin, Michigan State and Nebraska as well as Pittsburgh. He is looking to get out to games this fall at each of the four schools that have offered and may not wait long to have a final decision.
"I kind of want to have my decision made by the end of my junior year," Evans said. "It's good to go and commit so you can focus on school and not have to worry about what school you are going to pick."
Evans is also interested to see what new opportunities come his way following his junior season. Originally hailing from the state of Mississippi, Evans is interested in schools outside the Midwest as well.
"I never had an ideal college I wanted to go to," Evans said. "I kind of wanted to go back down south, in the SEC area, but wherever I can go in and start as a true freshmen or something close to it, at a nice program and nice system is fine with me."
Evans has started to receive mail and new interest from Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia recently. UCLA has also been showing interest for several months.