The last month of Craig Evans‘ life has been incredibly eventful.
- Jan. 3 – Craig Evans verbally commits to the Wisconsin Badgers.
- Jan. 25 – Craig Evans takes an unofficial visit to Michigan State.
- Feb. 3 – Craig Evans flips his commitment from Wisconsin to Michigan State.
- Feb. 5 – Craig Evans signs his letter of intent to Michigan State.
Evans stirred up quite the controversy when he took that unofficial visit to Michigan State late in January. He had been involved with the Spartans throughout the recruiting process, taking an official visit Dec. 4 of last year. Reports of Evans’ unwavering commitment to the Badgers started coming in after his unofficial visit, including his high school coach at Sun Prairie telling the Wisconsin State Journal that he still expected Evans to be a Badger.
Despite his late-inning drama, I believe Craig Evans made the correct choice in flipping to Michigan State.
I don’t have anything against Wisconsin or that wonderful coaching staff; it’s about Evans and what fits him best. With defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi likely remaining at Michigan State for at least another season, it gives Evans the opportunity of a lifetime to work with one of the greatest defensive minds in the game. He will absolutely blossom under Narduzzi.
Michigan State featured one of the best defensive lines in the nation last season, only allowing one running back (Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska) to rush for over 100 yards. Evans could be an immediate, effective contributor up front for the Spartans in 2014. His size would obviously serve him well no matter where he landed, but it’s Michigan State that can make the most of it. Narduzzi’s physically demanding, creative play-calling will open up a world of opportunity for Evans.
There isn’t another defense in the nation that has been able to bring the most potential out of its players better than Michigan State. Stack that with a tremendous coach and a wonderful opportunity, and you can see why Craig Evans flipping his commitment and signing with Michigan State was best for him and his career.