Albert Evans is more than excited to be a Miami Dolphin.
The Gary native, Portage High School grad and Purdue football star signed with Miami on Saturday as an undrafted free agent.
Evans is one step closer to his dream of playing in the NFL, where he will be reunited with his college defensive backs coach, Lou Anarumo.
Anarumo was the Boilermakers' secondary coach and Evans was a safety. Anarumo is now the defensive backs coach for Miami and new coach Joe Philbin.
"I obviously kept in contact with him and it is nice to be reunited with him," Evans said Saturday night from his parents' home. "I am just happy for the chance to show what I can do to make the team."
His high school coach Craig Buzea, who is now the head coach at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, said Evans has what it takes to make the Dolphins.
"He has the ahtletic ability and he will work hard," Buzea said. "The other thing is you don't find a person of greater character than Albert. He is a fine individual and has great parents. It says a lot that your college coach (Anarumo) will come back and recruit you again."
The 5-foot-11, 209-pound Evans said he will leave Thursday for the team's rookie camp.
"I am just going to go out there and do my best and show them what I have," Evans said. "All I want is a chance, and I will do what they ask."
Buzea said that may be the case.
"He can show that he can play special teams and that could help him," Buzea said. "He has done it before, though not in the last few years."
Evans moved to linebacker as a Purdue freshman because of injuries at that position. He moved back to the secondary as a sophomore.
As a junior, he won a starting job as a safety and had 37 total tackles, including 24 solos. He also had two sacks and four tackles-for-loss as well as an interception.
As a senior, he started all 13 of the Boilermakers' games. He had 73 total tackle, with 52 of them being solos, plus two interceptions and four breakups.
He helped lead the Boilers to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl