Evans gone, too

And then there were two.

Could Larry Johnson be next?

Penn State defensive end Maurice Evans is following in teammate Aaron Maybin's footsteps and is leaving college early to declare for the NFL Draft, according to team sources. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound junior had until Thursday to make a decision.

Maybin, a redshirt sophomore defensive end, officially announced his intentions today at a press conference at his high school in Ellicott City, Md. Some draft experts have Maybin going in the first round, but Evans' stock has dropped considerably since the beginning of the last season.

In September, Evans was arrested and charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was promptly suspended from the team for three games. In his place, Maybin had an all-American season with 12 sacks. As a sophomore, Evans recorded 21.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. But this year his numbers dipped and he finished with just three sacks.

Defensive line coach Larry Johnson, meanwhile, is flirting with Illinois. Penn State's top recruiter, Johnson is reportedly being offered the defensive coordinator position with the Illini and a raise nearly double his current salary.

Right now, the ball appears to be in Penn State's court. Will the program be willing to offer Johnson a promotion and a raise? Stay tuned.