“It’s setting in that we’re not playing high school football anymore,” Evans said. “It’s definitely an emotional experience. It came down to what was best for the future and I felt, and (Jenkins) felt, that Iowa was our best bet for the future.”
Jenkins (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) played on both lines for Prairie Ridge and will play on the offensive line for the Hawkeyes. Evans was dynamic running the Wolves’ option at quarterback, and will switch to receiver at Iowa.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz caught sight of Evans and Jenkins during the 2016 Class 6A state championship game when the Wolves defeated Sacred Heart-Griffin, 48-17.
“I saw a guy running around, making a ton of plays, wearing a funny number (22) playing quarterback,” Ferentz said during an interview Wednesday on the Big Ten Network. “I didn’t know who he was, came in to our staff the next day and said, ‘Does anybody know about the quarterback who won the championship?’ He’s a tremendous young man. And his teammate Jeff Jenkins, another great guy. We’re real excited to have both those guys join us.”
Evans and Jenkins were four-year varsity starters for the Wolves. Blake and Wormsley also started for four years for their teams.