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Recruiting: Archbishop Wood (Pa.) OL Cole Evans picks Army

When Cole Evans talks about his passion for football, one gets the feeling that he’ll fit right in at Army.

Evans, a senior guard at Archbishop Wood (Pa.) certainly has a purpose in mind when he takes the field.

“My playing style is being a bulldozer of an offensive lineman, paving run lanes for the backs while also being good in pass protection,” said the 6-foot-2, 305-pound Evans.

Evans committed to Army and assistant coach John Loose Monday. Loose also recruited current Army captain and starting center Connor Bishop out of Archbishop Wood. Evans didn’t play with Bishop in high school but their connection proved valuable.

“It was a big help in me making my decision,” Evans said. “I asked him questions about anything that came to mind regarding Army. Absolutely, it was a great help during the process.”

Evans’ future after college graduation also played a part on Evans’ commitment.

“My decision was led by what Army can provide for me with football and life after football,” Evans said. “Army gave me options I never thought about before.”

Evans visited Army twice before his commitment and was impressed with the campus, the football team’s facilities and the academy’s history. Both of Evans’ grandfathers are military veterans in the Army and Air Force respectively.

Temple offered Evans. Navy and Air Force talked with Evans. Evans visited Penn State, Notre Dame and Rutgers on gamedays during the 2021 season.

“I visited other schools and went to camps but Army was always near the top,” Evans said.

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