Prairie Ridge junior Samson Evans (6'1", 190 lbs.) ended his recruiting process earlier Sunday, giving the Iowa Hawkeyes his verbal commitment.
"I just felt that Iowa was the best fit for my future," Evans, a three-star recruit, said. "It was something that was dwelling on me, and I didn't want to drag it on any longer than I had to. Iowa was a perfect fit for me and I knew that there wasn't much more of a reason to wait."
Evans, who led Prairie Ridge to the Class 6A State title in 2016 at quarterback, was offered and recruited by Iowa as a wide receiver.
"They (Iowa) see me starting out as an outside receiver," Evans said. "They will work me in there and then potentially in the future I'll be an inside slot receiver."
Evans is now the sixth known verbal commitment in the Iowa Hawkeyes Class of 2018 and joins Prairie Ridge teammate Jeff Jenkins -- a three-star offensive guard recruit -- as the second Land of Lincoln player to pledge to Iowa.
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School: Rich East
Head coach: Cornell Middlebrook
Assistant Coaches: Andre Taylor, Keith McMaster, Davale Stubbs, Alex Pell, Bret Tucker, Matori Rimes, Tim Daggy, Brad Bochenek and Nick Pesek
How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (1-4 Southland).
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 26 – vs. LaSalle-Peru
Sept. 1 – @ Tinley Park
Sept. 8 – @ Vocational
Sept. 16 - vs Thornton Township
Sept. 23 - vs Crete-Monee
Sept. 30 – Bloom Township
Oct. 7 - @ Rich Central
Oct. 14 - @ Rich South
Oct. 21 - Kankakee
Biggest storyline: Can the Rich East Rockets get back to its winning ways in 2017?
Names to watch this season: Junior OL Richard Moore, Senior OL William Wells
Biggest holes to fill: The Rockets will be inexperienced in the offensive skills department.
EDGY's Early Take: The Rockets return four starting offensive linemen this season. They will be asked to help an inexperienced group of offensive skills players to develop. The Rich East defense also brings back experience, which could help the Rockets challenge for a state playoff spot.