Prairie Ridge junior Shane Evans has gained attention from football recruiting guru Tom Lemming, who is a good man for any college prospect to know.
Evans, a third-year varsity starter, has been selected to then National Collegiate Scouting Association All-Area for Chicago and the suburbs. For the second consecutive year, Evans and his parents will attend a banquet and awards ceremony at Soldier Field.
The Evanses and Wolves coach Chris Schremp will be at the ceremony Dec. 5, where Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke will be the guest speaker. Marian Central quarterback Chris Streveler also will be honored at the ceremony. Streveler, a senior, committed to Minnesota and will finish his graduation requirements early and enroll at the school in January.
Evans (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) started for Prairie Ridge as a freshman and was one of the Wolves’ best linemen on their Class 6A state championship team last season.
“Getting invited to stuff from a big-name guy like [Lemming] definitely helps,” Evans said.
Evans recently attended a game at the University of Iowa and is drawing a lot of interest from Big Ten Conference schools, as well as others around the nation. Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin are some of the top schools currently on his list.
“It’s exciting,” Evans said. “I don’t want to rush things with such a big decision. I hope by the end of the summer, if everything goes according to plan, I’ll make my commitment.”
Evans plans on attending several high school combines in the offseason to gain more exposure. Having someone like Lemming knowing about him also should be quite beneficial.
South’s Grant gets scholarship: Crystal Lake South senior Will Grant was one of 10 lacrosse players out of 150 applicants to receive Positive Coaching Alliance Triple Impact Competitor scholarships this fall.
Grant and his parents attended a ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field on Oct. 25 in which the 10 winners were announced. Grant will receive $2,000 for his college expenses.
“You had to write an essay about how you’ve made yourself better, your teammates better and the game better [through lacrosse],” Grant said. “It’s about leadership and community service. It’s a great scholarship not only for me, but for the team. It shows we’re good off the field and in the classroom.”
Grant started playing lacrosse in the seventh grade and thanked South coaches George Thieros and David Maule for writing “excellent letters of recommendation.”
Grant, who plays attacker, is looking at a wide variety of potential colleges and wants to continue playing lacrosse. He is looking at NCAA Division I schools Missouri and Marquette, and D-III schools Aurora and Carthage.
• Joe Stevenson is a senior sports writer for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can follow him on Twitter @nwh_JoePrepZone.