Evans will stay a Badger

Evans announces his commitment to 247sports (Photo courtesy of Evan Watkins).

ORLANDO -- There were many times of uncertainty, but in the end, Craig Evans decided to stay home and play for Wisconsin.

After committing to the Badgers as a junior before re-opening his recruitment following the departure of former head coach Bret Bielema, Evans committed to Wisconsin again in May, but continued to be pursued by the likes of Arkansas and Michigan State.

Narrowing things down to the Spartans and Badgers, the four-star defensive tackle chose the Cardinal and White on Friday, announcing his decision at the Offense-Defense Bowl.

"I'm committing to Wisconsin," Evans told Evan Watkins of 247sports. "It felt like home, it's home to me. I felt like God brought me there for a reason. I think it's a special place. I want to be something different. That's why I chose them."

Evans held other offers from Boise State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and UCLA. Schools like Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, and Texas also showed interest in the Top247 defensive tackle.

Now officially solid to Wisconsin, Evans is the second-highest rated commit in their 2014 class, trailing only Jaden Gault. The nation's No. 18 ranked defensive tackle was recruited by Assistant Coach Ben Strickland and Defensive Line Coach Chad Kauha'aha'a.

"They see me coming in and playing immediately next year," he said. "They think I can start as a freshman or redshirt freshman. That meant a lot to me. They see a lot in me."

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