Sun Prairie junior defensive tackle Craig Evans, a University of Wisconsin recruit, said Friday night that he hadn't officially decommitted from UW but planned to immediately reopen his recruitment.
The 6-foot-3, 330-pound native of Jackson, Miss., gave an oral commitment to former Badgers coach Bret Bielema last September but now admits he felt rushed into making a commitment.
That, along with UW's recent coaching exodus, were the main factors in the decision to reopen the recruiting process, Evans said.
Last month, Evans said he would remain committed until meeting with new coach Gary Andersen but the two have yet to talk since his hiring.
"I feel like I didn't give any of the other schools a chance," Evans said in reference to his initial oral commitment to UW. "Even though I was 100 percent in my decision for Wisconsin, I felt like I turned my back (on what) all the other coaches and all the other programs had to offer me. So, this time I want to be a little more fair with it and give everybody a chance."
Since Bielema accepted the head-coaching job at Arkansas, Evans said he's been contacted by numerous schools -- including Florida, Michigan State and Nebraska as well as Notre Dame and Ohio State, who he said have shown the most interest thus far.
Evans has yet to talk with Bielema since his departure, but said Arkansas -- as well as UW -- are also realistic options.
Evans added he doesn't plan on making a decision until the summer.
"Even though I am going to decommit, it's possible I could end up going to Wisconsin," Evans said. "It's possible I could sign back at Wisconsin if I get to know Andersen pretty good. From what I've heard -- all the rumors -- he's a very nice guy, so I look forward to getting to meet him and some of the people he's bringing in and take it from there."