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Evans begins tour of Big Ten teams in Iowa

Just mention the Big Ten’s style of smashmouth football and Shane Evans perks up.

The Prairie Ridge junior offensive lineman insists his 6-foot-5, 290-pound frame is perfectly suited for the league’s physical style, making the next few weekends an exciting stretch as he begins to plan for his future.

Evans will visit Illinois this weekend after taking part in Iowa’s junior days last weekend, getting his first taste of the brand of football he could be playing once he graduates in 2014. Evans also plans to travel to Minnesota soon and has drawn recruiting interest from Big Ten destinations Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan State and Northwestern, according to Rivals.com.

“I fit in perfectly with that kind of style of play,” Evans said Tuesday night. “Just the reputation those programs have for getting their guys to the next level is fantastic. That’s the goal for any college player is obviously to get to the next level, and so I’m always pushing myself to do better so I can succeed in college and hopefully play in the NFL.

“These Big Ten programs really do a great job of making that happen.”

Evans already has a scholarship offer from Northern Illinois. But after spending two days in Iowa City, when he got the chance to hear Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz speak and hear about the school’s style of play, Evans is excited to see what the coming weeks bring.

He said he’ll accept any offer to take part in other programs’ junior days he receives, making for a busy few weeks ahead. Once he’s finished traveling, Evans hopes to make a decision before the start of his senior year, knowing where he’ll spend the next four years.

“The perfect scenario for me would be to go into my senior year worrying about getting bigger and stronger and just dominating my last high school season,” Evans said.

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