May 27, 2010

Florida wide receiver wants to see more of Ole Miss

Curt Evans doesn't know much about Ole Miss.

In fact, the wide receiver from Hollywood (Chaminade Madonna), Fla., knows about as much about the school as was portrayed in "The Blind Side," the award-winning movie based on the life story of former Rebel offensive tackle Michael Oher.

Still, Ole Miss has Evans' interest more than just a little piqued, and he hopes to learn more during a visit to Oxford this summer.

Evans, a 6-foot, 173-pounder with speed and a 3.5 core grade-point average, said his interest in Ole Miss grew after a long talk with Rebel recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn.

"When I talked to him, he stuck with me," Evans said. "He seemed to relate. He seemed sincere when he was talking to me. We talked for a good hour. We talked about music. It wasn't just all football.

"I talked to him not too long ago. He said he was very excited and he came to see me practice. He said I could do great things at Ole Miss."

So Evans began researching Ole Miss, trying to learn more than what was presented by the other Hollywood.

"That was the most I knew about the school, to be honest," Evans said, referring to the movie based on Michael Lewis' best-selling book. "I did a little bit of research about it because I figured if the coaches are serious, I'm going to be serious, too."

Evans, who is also being looked at as a safety by several programs, said while he prefers to play wide receiver at the next level, he "really just want to get on the field." He has offers from Ole Miss, South Florida, Stanford, West Virginia, Virginia, Florida International, Duke, Northwestern, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Minnesota and Nebraska. He said he's planning to see a handful of those campuses this summer, noting that he has definite plans to visit South Florida, Ole Miss, Central Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan and Duke.

"It's going to come down to visits," Evans said. "How will I feel there? I want to get around the players and get a feel for the programs."

Evans said college coaches have told him this spring he has the ability to be a deep threat as well as an elusive runner in the open field.

"People say it seems like I'm shot out of a cannon," Evans said. "I'm under control and I'm out of control at the same time. It's hard to explain."

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