'08 Unwrapped: Quinn Evans

CB Quinn Evans

So much of recruiting today is predicated upon junior film, but this spring evaluation period also unveils breakout talents. Arizona cornerback Quinn Evans soared onto the scene recently at a Scout.com All-American Combine with a 4.40 40 and 36.1" vertical, second and third at the combine, respectively. Evans impressed again a week later in the Midwest and grabbed his first offer - from Stanford.

Thanks to a stellar performance at the Scout.com All-American Combine in San Francisco last month, where he was named the top player on defense, Chandler (Ariz.) Basha High School cornerback Quinn Evans (5-10, 170) was able to gain the exposure necessary to make him a known recruit.

Following that performance with a strong showing at the Purdue Nike Camp last weekend only accelerated his recruiting acclaim.  With coaches from Stanford watching closely in West Lafayette, Evans showed the ability to play at the D-I level and by the time the weekend was done landed his first offer.

"Coach [D.J.] Durkin and Coach [Scott] Shafer were there and they saw me and after, Stanford offered me a scholarship as a corner," the recruit reports.

The Cardinal were the only school to offer, but they weren't the only ones impressed with his play, which garnered him all-camp honors.

"Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Indiana and Illinois all said they thought I did really well," says Evans.  "Coach Johnson, the DB coach from Ohio State, said he wanted me to come up to their camp because they haven't offered any corners and they'd like to take a look at me."

This weekend, Evans is in Los Angeles for the adidas Elite Camp, his third consecutive weekend of football in his quest to gain more offers.

"I'm on my way to UCLA for the adidas camp," Evans informs.  "My cousin is Glenn Love (Class of 2007 UCLA signee), so he may be putting in a good word about me.  I've talked with Coach [John] Wristen from UCLA, too.  I'll probably take a tour of the campus, too."

Next weekend, Evans will be at Stanford for their Junior Day on Sunday May 20, though he won't participate in the Nike Camp on the Cardinal campus that Saturday, having done so already at Purdue a week ago.

"Stanford came by my school this week," Evans says.  "I have to say that right now I really like Stanford.  I was definitely relieved to get my first offer, especially being from a school like Stanford where I can get a great education."

Academically, Evans reports a core GPA of 3.7.  He has scored a 1570 on the SAT.

Despite the offer, Evans says he is in no hurry to make a choice for his collegiate future.

"It's early, so I want to see who else is interested before I make my decision," he explains..

Evans credits his performance at the Scout.com Combine for putting him on the map, despite playing for the state champions at Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton High School a year ago.

"I really felt like I needed to have a strong showing there, and the Scout Combine really helped me," Evans offers.  "After I was the MVP up there, a lot of people really started calling."

Though he'll play at Basha this season, Evans enjoyed a taste of success last year, starting in the Hamilton secondary when they won the state title.

"Being at Hamilton with a lot of those guys getting offers, I wanted to show I could play too.  Going against Kerry Taylor (Class of 2007 Arizona State signee) every day in practice, I think it definitely helped me a lot," the cornerback comments.  "But being at Basha, I think that's helped me."

Interestingly enough, Evans says he has heard little from the in-state programs.

"I've not really heard from Arizona State or Arizona," he reports.  "But I think I'd like to go out of state."

While the Cardinal are his leader, Evans says that Ohio State and Wisconsin are both schools in which he has a lot of interest.  The Badgers have been in the family blood for years.

"Ohio State and Wisconsin are two of my favorites because they both play defense and play it hard," Evans explains.  "My dad wrestled at Wisconsin, and my mom was a cheerleader there.  I'm very familiar with them."

Several schools have come by the Basha campus, in addition to Stanford.  Boise State, Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State, Air Force, Utah and Georgia Tech all made appearances this week, according to Evans.

Last season, Quinn Evans had 57 tackles, three sacks and an interception.


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