You know you are going to be highly recruited when college football royalty comes out of the box this early with an offer. That's exactly what happened to four-star wide receiver Shaquelle Evans (6-2, 190, 4.45) from Inglewood, Calif., it appears this young man is going to have a very busy spring.
"Charlie Weis was on campus today (Jan. 28th) with a written scholarship offer for Shaq," Inglewood assistant coach Khalid Ali said. "It was exciting news for the program and we consider it an honor to have a kid get an offer from Notre Dame.
"Last week, Cal, Washington State and Arizona were on campus," Ali said "The week before, Dennis Erickson from Arizona State dropped by.
There has been some concern by the fan base of both UCLA and USC that the two local schools were being left behind for the talented class of 2009 receiver, because they haven't been around as much as some other schools.
Evans hasn't heard from UCLA since the coaching change and until USC linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. called Ali two days ago, he hadn't heard from the Trojans since late November.
"I don't think it matters that much that UCLA and USC haven't been by as much as other schools," Ali said. "He knows both schools are busy finishing recruiting. He will be at USC for their junior this coming Saturday, but their (UCLA and USC) absence did open things up for other schools.
"Our campus has been quite busy with the recruitment of our outgoing seniors as well," Ali said. "David Freeman is committed to Washington and Marlon Johnson has three offers and is going through the decision making process as we speak.
"One thing that can be said about Shaq is he's aware and savvy regarding college football. He knows the teams that like to throw the ball and the schools that don't.
As a junior the talented wide receiver accounted for 30 receptions for 608 yards and scored three receiving touchdowns. He had one kickoff that he returned for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also had one rushing touchdown.
Evans earned all-league and all-area honors for his performance in 2007.