Carter Evans now feels less stress as his college football recruitment process enters the home stretch.
The Prairie Ridge senior-to-be just received an offer from Virginia on Wednesday, his 32nd from an NCAA Division I school. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound fullback-linebacker will spend his summer deciding between six to eight of the schools at the top of his list and hopes to commit before the high school season.
“It’s not so overwhelming anymore. At one point, it was,” Evans said. “I probably won’t make any visits, but I’ll do more virtual visits. They take me through everything.”
Evans rushed for 922 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games for the Wolves last season, but was lost for most of their run to the Class 6A state championship game with a fractured left fibula.
Evans was about to score against Grayslake North in Prairie Ridge’s 51-6 victory in the playoff opener when a Knights’ player pulled him down from behind. Evans fell awkwardly and was lost for the playoffs and for basketball season.
“I’m full go now, I’ve been cleared for a couple months, it’s been good,” Evans said. “It’s feeling great.”
Colleges are looking at Evans as a tight end, linebacker or defensive end. He was selected as Northwest Herald All-Area second-team running back last season.
Evans is the third brother in his family who started for four years at Prairie Ridge and who will end up as at D-I player. Shane, a 2014 graduate, was an offensive lineman who played at Northern Illinois and Purdue. Samson, a 2018 graduate, was a three-time Northwest Herald Player of the Year and helped the Wolves to back-to-back Class 6A state titles in 2017 and 2018.
Samson went to Iowa on scholarship, but battled injury problems and entered the NCAA transfer portal last month. He will have three years of eligibility remaining at his next school.
Carter Evans has offers from most Mid-American Conference schools, several Ivy Leagues and two service academies (Army and Navy), among others.
Carter and Samson have been working out together while the COVID-19 pandemic stopped normal activities. They lifted at Shane’s fiancee’s house and have been back at Davis Speed Center when more businesses were opened up.
“In my mind, I have a list of schools I’m most interested in, and they’re interested in me,” Evans said. “I haven’t released it. I’m going through the process and trying to find the best fit.
“I’m pretty comfortable with the options I have. I don’t really feel I need to go out and chase any more. I would like to make (a decision) before my senior season. If I need to a couple of weeks into the season, that’s what I’ll do.”