Craig Evans is a 6-foot-3, 305-pound monster who currently attends Arizona Western Junior College. He is the No. 5 rated defensive tackle in the junior college ranks and has chosen Oregon State over offers from Colorado, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Kentucky. 247 Sports reporter, Ryan Bartow, was the first to break the news.
Breaking: Nation's No. 5 JUCO defensive tackle Craig Evans to sign w/ #OregonState, former #MichiganState signee. https://t.co/v7hMrQ66Eq pic.twitter.com/RE0JrjHULl— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) December 14, 2016
Craig Evans’ relationship with Gary Andersen was one of the main factors in his decision to commit to Oregon State. When Evans was a four star prospect coming out of high school he committed to Gary Andersen and Wisconsin, but was denied by Wisconsin’s admissions department, which was immensely frustrating for Coach Andersen who felt that Craig Evans did everything that he needed to do to be accepted. Wisconsin’s harsh admission standards, at least in part, pushed him to take the job in Corvallis.
After failing to be admitted to Wisconsin, Craig Evans’ committed to Michigan State and spent three seasons (one redshirt) working with Mark Dantonio and even played a huge role in shutting down Ezekiel Elliot when Michigan State beat Ohio State 17-14, back in 2015. Craig Evans left the program though, after dealing with internal disciplinary issues and has been playing in Arizona this past year.
Craig Evans is an outstanding defensive tackle. He sheds blockers and stifles runners between the tackles. He also shows rare agility for someone of his size and gets pressure on quarterbacks when they least expect it. Evans also shows great effort and pursuit to make plays. Check out his highlight video below. Craig Evans will fight for a starting job immediately and will add to Oregon State’s rapidly improving defensive line.