Evans Building A Bond With Malzahn's Staff

Auburn High standout Rashaan Evans talks about his visit for Auburn's Junior Day and what he likes about Coach Ellis Johnson.

Auburn, Ala.—After making a pair of recent trips to hang out with Gus Malzahn and the Auburn coaching staff for basketball games, Saturday was a different experience for talented linebacker prospect Rashaan Evans.

One of 150 prospects on hand for Auburn's Junior Day, Evans got the opportunity to tour the facilities, check out the academic side of things and once again sit down with the coaching staff and talk. All of those things played a part in an experience that has the Tigers very high on his list at the moment.

"It was fun," Evans says. "I really enjoyed just going over there again and getting up with the coaches. Just talking to them again was pretty fun. After talking to the coaches Auburn is pretty high on my list right now."

"It was way better than my other visits because I actually got to do some hands-on things," he adds. "I got to talk to Coach (Rhett) Lashlee and Coach (Ellis) Johnson. He told me their defensive scheme and he actually wants to play me inside. I really got a good grasp of things and if I were to go there I definitely know where I would be."

Rashaan Evans

Playing defensive end for Auburn High, Evans is an explosive pass rusher for the Tigers, but has the speed and athleticism to play a number of different positions on the next level. That's one of the reasons why Johnson wants Evans for one of the two linebacker positions in his defensive scheme at Auburn.

"He's a wise man," Evans says. "Just talking to him he seems like he would teach me a lot of things. I'm really excited about him. Just talking to him gave me a good grasp of how to play the position and things that I can work on without even coming here. It gave me a big input on how to play linebacker."

Saying that he hopes to visit UCLA and Clemson this spring, Evans says that he would still like to make his decision before his senior year begins, but first he'll have to narrow his list. With dozens of offers already and more coming seemingly every day, that won't be an easy task for the talented defender.

"I'm still kind of open, but I'm starting to narrow it down a little bit. Just going to these colleges and talking to coaches and developing relationships with them has given me good input on where I want to go. I don't have a top group yet, but once I take a few more trips I'll definitely have my top five."

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