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Football: Irish eyes are smiling on Inglewood's Evans

Is it just me, or does it seem as if Shaquelle Evans is the Southland's only high-profile receiver that hasn't made an oral commitment to a Division I program? Randall Carroll and De'Von Flournoy are heading to USC. Jemari Roberts is bound for Stanford. Ricky Marvay is staying close to home at UCLA.

As for Evans, well, the senior from Inglewood is still undecided, although a decision about his future could be on the horizon. According to, the 6-foot-1, 200-plus pound wideout visited Notre Dame last weekend, and it appears as if the Fighting Irish might have emerged as the front-runner to win his services.

If Evans ends up choosing South Bend, he'll join Southern California counterparts Cierre Wood from Santa Clara and Cajon's Marlon Pollard and bolster an already deep 2009 recruiting class for Notre Dame. It's also worth noting that he'll most likely be catching passes from former Oaks Christian standout Jimmy Clausen.   

Colorado and Michigan are still in the mix. And the Trojans are a major player as well, along with numerous other powerhouse programs from across the country. Once Evans makes a decision, we'll make sure to pass along the news.

-- Sean Ceglinsky   

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J. Finley

Mr. Evans please do yourself a favor, DO NOT GO TO THAT SORRY SCHOOL IN THE MIDWEST!!! Your talents and you do have many, should not be wasted at ND. Yes I am a SC fan, but I rather see you go to UCLA than ND. However, its up to you and hope you will be great wherever you go.

Crenshaw Nation


I just want to know where the info came from that my son was pressured into that soft verbal to SC. Not saying that it is true or not but is that something that came from Shaq's mouth or is it just a rumor?


Tim is absolutely correct. Evans gave USC a "soft verbal", apparently becasue they were pressing him for a decision on his visit. But he made it clear that he is still considering other schools. All indications are that ND hit it out of the park on Shaq's visit this past weekend. ND put its best foot forward. However, there is no clear leader at this point. It definitley appears to be a two horse race at this point between Notre Dame and USC.

As an ND fan, I have a good gut feeling on this one, but I'm trying to stay guarded in my optimism, because I know it can be tough for a kid to consider leaving to go that far away from home. But Shaq would definitely fit in very well at ND, as have many other California kids over the last three years.


Look I'm an ND fan, but that info isn't accurate. He has given an oral commitment to SC, but he called it a soft verbal because it sounded like SC pressured him to commit now or lose his spot.

The guys at Irish Illustrated said he loved his visit and they have indicated it's probably a two-horse race between us and SC but no one has said we're the definitive leader.


Shaq Evans is precisely the type of individual that will fit in well at Notre Dame. He is a quiet, sincere, intelligent young man whose character and integrity are much appreciated by the faculty, students and fans at ND. We look forward to seeing him wear the blue and gold and bringing kudos to both himself and his alma mater.


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