Shane Evans camped at Notre Dame this summer and the 2014 Illinois offensive lineman returned to South Bend a couple weeks ago for the Irish’s victory against Michigan.
“Everything was great,” the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder from Prairie Ridge High School (Crystal Lake, Ill.) said.
“I thought the game was awesome. Notre Dame kicked some butt.”
Evans enjoyed the entire Notre Dame experience.
“When we got there, we went to the Gug and signed in and registered,” he said. “Then we watched some videos, one of past players and then one behind the scenes from last week. That was pretty sweet. After that, we ate and then they walked us over for the walk.”
While on campus, Evans had the chance to speak with a couple Irish assistants.
“I talked to Coach (Tony) Alford a little bit and then Coach (Harry) Hiestand a little bit,” said Evans. “They were saying they were glad to see me for the second time, to keep working hard and that they’ll definitely be talking to me and contacting me more as the season goes.”
Evans was excited to hear that.
“It makes me feel real good,” he said. “It makes me want to work harder.”
Before the game, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly addressed all of the visiting recruits.
“He’s a great speaker,” said Evans. “He talked more about the recruiting process and how he was excited to have us out. It was more welcoming us to Notre Dame.”
Evans had the chance to hang out on the sidelines before the game and loved the environment inside of Notre Dame Stadium.
“The atmosphere was pretty sweet,” he said. “It seemed like everyone stayed there from beginning to end and it was completely packed, which was pretty cool to see. It seemed like the whole crowd got into all of the cheers and chants. I thought it was pretty sweet.”
Evans doesn’t have any other unofficial visits planned at this point, but intends on seeing as many games as he can.
He is still looking for his first offer and is also receiving interest from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska, Michigan and Michigan State among others, but Notre Dame is one of his favorites at this point.
“They’re definitely up there, definitely up at the top.”