Coach Speak: Rashaan Evans

In one of the more anticipated announcements on the National Signing Day slate Wednesday, five-star Auburn (Ala.) outside linebacker prospect Rashaan Evans announced his pledge to Alabama over the hometown school and other finalist, UCLA. BamaMag spoke to his coach to see what the Tide is getting in the state's top prospect.

Rashaan Evans' recruitment was among the most talked about and monitored in the country late in the process, and it came to an end on Wednesday.

Alabama landed him during a nationally-televised press conference at the school.

The five-star out of Auburn (Ala.) High felt the pressure to stay at home, but he ventured across the state in the end before faxing his letter of intent to Nick Saban and company. Alabama won out for the No. 1 prospect in the state on Scout.com.

"I think he's a player you can project to a lot of different places and positions. I think his final body type is yet to be determined," said Tim Carter, head coach at Auburn High. "He's a guy that has the frame to add 30 pounds. If he stays relatively the same as far as his weight he's a safety/outside linebacker. If he adds 30 pounds he could become an inside linebacker or maybe a light defensive end.

"He's got so much ability and there are so many ways he can go. He's a difference-maker at whatever position he ends up because he's so skilled."

Evans rose to his status after a monster senior season, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star week and at the Under Armour All-America game week. He did it on both sides of the ball for Auburn High.

"I don't think we've had anybody that has had a better season than he experienced as a senior," Carter said. "He probably averaged between 80-100 plays a night in combination of offense, defense and special teams. He scored three touchdowns as a receiver. He worked as our wildcat quarterback and we were close to 100 percent inside the five with him at quarterback and I don't know if we were stopped this year. We were very effective with him in the red zone with him as the wildcat quarterback.

"Defensively you always had to account for where he was. A lot of people might have employed a back to chip on him. Some might have fanned their protection towards him. He's a guy you couldn't single block. He caused three fumbles. He recovered a fumble. He blocked a punt. He had 17 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss. He was just so disruptive and he made the kind of plays that ended drives because he would throw an offense in third and long or put the behind the chain. You're talking about 37 plays made behind the line of scrimmage. That's a lot of big plays."

Just as much as the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder is a force on the field, he's known for his big smile and having an unselfish attitude on and off the field.

"He's a very happy kid and real upbeat," the coach said. "He's just ready to tackle any task. Nothing that you ever asked him to do was he hesitant about. That's unusual sometimes for a great player. He's completely unselfish and that's why I see him being so successful on the next level. He's willing to do anything and he'll play whatever role you ask him to play and he'll excel at it. He was on our punt protection team and would go down on kickoffs.

"Whatever role he was asked to play he played it. That's another reason why he was so well respected by his teammates."

Evans is the seventh five-star to sign with Alabama in the class of 2014, the most in the history of Scout by any one school.

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