Evans gives his verbal pledge

It was a big blow to Wisconsin's 2014 class when Sun Prairie (Wis.) Defensive Tackle Craig Evans de-committed from the Badgers back in December.

Evans gave a verbal pledge to the Wisconsin staff on Monday.

After flirting with the idea of coming back and re-taking his place in Wisconsin's 2014 class for quite some time, Evans let the coaching staff know on Monday, that as of now, he's with them.

"They were happy," Evans told Badger247 Monday night. "They were happy to know that a big in-state recruit like myself isn't going anywhere. It's a big weight off their shoulders. It's a big weight off my shoulders. They know I'm committed to them. That's not a worry to them anymore."

Evans chose Wisconsin again over other offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, and Pittsburgh.

Monday was the first look at the Badgers under new Head Coach Gary Andersen for the four-star defensive tackle.

"It was running well," Evans stated. "Everybody looked like they knew what they were doing. The defense was physical and that's great. It looked like everyone's coming along well and everyone's believing what he's saying."

Although Wisconsin received a verbal pledge from the in-state star Monday, Evans' recruitment is still far from over. Georgia (no offer), Ole Miss, and Michigan State still remain in the picture. The nation's No. 15 ranked defensive tackle plans to visit all three of those schools during the off-season.

"I haven't necessarily shut it down, but it's like I haven't really seen a school that's been showing that much interest," he said. "Ole Miss is still kind of hanging around. Michigan State and Georgia a little bit. But I haven't seen any school that can take Wisconsin's place right now.

"I'm most definitely going to visit Ole Miss and Georgia. Whenever I can free some time up, I plan on taking a trip out to Michigan State. I do have some interest in them. They've been around a long time. I don't want to shut them out of the picture completely."

Evans is rated as the nation's No. 156 ranked player 247sports and the No. 187 ranked player in the class of 2014 according to the 247 composite.

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