Luke Fickell may have found his QB1 for the Wisconsin football program – Nick Evers is transferring from Oklahoma to UW.
Madison, Wis. — It’s arguably been the craziest offseason in Wisconsin football history. From Paul Chryst getting fired midseason to Jim Leonhard taking over in the interim, and then Chris McIntosh shocking the college football world and hiring Luke Fickell as the 31st head coach of the Badgers’ it’s been a roller coaster ride.
But the surprising changes didn’t end there; coach Fickell hired UNC offensive coordinator Phil Longo to run his explosive, QB-friendly air-raid offense. The program as we know it is changing rapidly – presumably for the better.
Then, on Saturday, Nick Evers, a former four-star signal caller who began his collegiate career with Oklahoma, announced his commitment to the University of Wisconsin following an official visit to Madison earlier in the week.
Who is Nick Evers?
Nick Evers was a standout at Flower Mound High School in Texas, where he finished his prep career throwing for 4,944 yards and 40 touchdowns through the air with another 915 yards rushing for 15 scores on the ground across 20 starts, according to MaxPreps.
Per the 247Sports Composite, Evers was the No. 172 overall prospect in the 2022 recruiting class and the No. 9 QB in the country.
Why Nick Evers makes sense for Wisconsin Football
Nick Evers is a dual-threat quarterback with impressive pedigree that ran a similar offensive scheme at Oklahoma. His ability to extend plays with his legs and go off-script will pair nicely with Phil Longo’s offense.
"“I’ve always wanted a guy that can move,” Fickell told UW reporters. “It doesn’t mean he’s got to be a running quarterback, but if you can’t extend things, if you can’t make things happen with your athleticism, I think it limits you.”"
Coach Fickell has made it clear he doesn’t want to build a team through the transfer portal. That said, Evers has four years of eligibility remaining – making him a perfect fit for Fickell and his coaching staff to groom for the future. These are the types of players he’ll pursue to fill in the gaps on the roster.
Luke Fickell needed a quarterback capable of running his system – and worked quickly to find his QB1 of the future.
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