One thing about the Nation's top recruits that is true every year is that they do not cool off. Their recruitment often slows down but never stops. And for the West Linn Lion's big man Evan Voeller that has been the case.
On his tour South last weekend he and the family hit Cal and Stanford for football events. Cal had Voeller come by for an unofficial visit and campus tour where he got a great look around.
"It was nice. That is one very impressive program for sure," said Evan tonight as we spoke.
But how did the visit end?
"It was great. The O'Line Coach met with me to let me know they wanted to offer me a scholarship," he said calmly. "So it went pretty good!"
On to Stanford who had already offered Voeller and Junior Day. A great event according to Evan where he learned a lot.
"Stanford is a top school in football and academically so I am interested in them. The campus was amazing. Both Cal and Stanford showed what they had and while they are different they are both top notch choices for anyone to have."
Home from the long weekend Voeller barely had a chance to rest before another call came into school for him. Today he was told by the West Linn staff that he needed to call Lincoln, Nebraska.
A few minutes later he was speaking to the Offensive Line staff at Nebraska. Turns out the Huskers have decided after watching Evan's film they want a shot at getting him to come out to play in the Husker's trenches. The offer was tendered.
"That was a big one. You know they have been sending mail in but I was not really aware they were watching me that closely. But this is of course an honor and I know one thing. They out a lot of guys out of their University into the NFL. That is a big factor for me," said Voeller who said Nebraska wants him as a guard but have not ruled out Tackle or center.
While it is not unusually for Nebraska to come after kids in the Northwest, especially after Suh panned out so well, it is still a rare thing indeed. A big offer. Maybe not much bigger then Oregon, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Texas A and M, ASU, Utah, or Boise State. But it will likely open doors to other Premier national blue-chip schools.
Will it matter in the end?
"There really is no one I am missing from my wish list. Of course there might be some more schools and I have heard from schools like Notre Dame but this is plenty of great choices here," said Evan in his always humble tones.
Is Nebraska going to be a top team for him? In a word yes. He feels pretty good about the chances he will take an official visit there to Lincoln.
"Soon I will begin to narrow that list down to 5 or so. That will help me get together information and focus on those schools I like the best for my future. It won't be too long before that happens," he said.
Is there a set time frame for a decision? No. Evan said it could happen before the season starts or on signing day. He is business like on and off the field so do not expect the big man to decide without looking hard at these choices.
His film is impressive and we continue to enjoy a great relationship with Evan and the Voeller family who are a big part of the West Linn Football community. With a new head coach in the fold in Mike Fanger they are all excited for what lies ahead for the team as well as Evan.
He is no doubt on top of this recruiting cycle now and more offers will surely follow.