Dallas Skyline defensive end Victor Evans pulled a mild shocker over the weekend when the 2014 defensive end committed to Ole Miss over Texas.
Recruiting experts had the 6-foot-3, 220-pound three-star prospect pegged to choose the Longhorns over a host of other offers – Baylor, Kansas State and Ole Miss among them. However, Evans was wowed on a weekend trip to Oxford, and shocked everybody when word broke he had committed to the Rebels.
Can't sugarcoat it. Blown away by Dallas Skyline DE Victor Evans committing to Ole Miss. Rebels had work to do but I guess it was done.Advertisement
— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) July 20, 2013
Evans was very impressive at Texas’ June 2 minicamp. He left Austin with an offer from the Longhorns, and reports were that it was more a matter of when Evans would join Texas’ 2014 class than if.
Despite camp trips to Baylor, Texas Tech and TCU over the last month, everything still pointed to Texas. But with only a week until Texas hosts the Texas Stampede – another big recruiting event in which a number of high-priority targets will visit the Texas campus– only the Oxford trip remained before what set up as a perfect time to commit to the Horns.
Ole Miss needed to blow the doors off Evans’ visit, and that’s exactly what happened over the weekend.
“It was way better than I expected,” Evans told 247Sports in a video interview. “I didn’t expect for it to be such a family gathering type of feel.”
With 21 commitments already on board – and three defensive linemen in Derick Roberson, Sione Teuhema and Jake McMillon – it’s not a total loss for the Horns to miss out on Evans. Five-star Coppell end Solomon Thomas is still on the board, and with minimal spots remaining Texas can’t risk having to say no should Thomas want to take UT up on its offer.
Still, as the Longhorns try to get their mojo back on the recruiting trail following the last three seasons of below-standard football, it can’t be easy for Mack Brown and his staff to lose another target to an SEC school.
“It’s a weight off my shoulders,” Evans said about his recruitment being over. “I already know there’s going to be some angry Texas fans afterward, but at the end of the day I made the decision for me.”
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