4-Star Prospect Makes Return Trip to AU

Class of 2014 football prospect Rashaan Evans talks about his visit to an Auburn University practice and receiving an invitation to a prestigious event.

Auburn, Ala.--Four star prospect Rashaan Evans, who will be hitting the field later this month for spring practice, made a short drive across town to watch Gus Malzahn's Auburn football team go through a recent spring training workout.

"The practice was good," said Evans, who will be a senior at Auburn High School this fall. "I liked the intensity of the whole practice. The pace of the practice impressed me."

Following his trip to check out the Tigers, he headed to Buford, Ga., where he participated in a Nike Training Camp and performed well enough to earn an invitation to The Opening, an event in Oregon this summer featuring top football prospects from around the country.

"It was pretty nice," Evans said about his invitation. "It's a high honor to go to The Opening. It's where most of the elite athletes go so being a part of that makes me feel really good."

Evans, who has made multiple visits to the Auburn campus this year, has also been on the road to learn about other colleges along with his father, Alan Evans, who played running back at Auburn in the 1980s.

"We have been going on a lot of visits checking out schools to see what they have got," the prospect said. "Recently we went to Georgia and to Florida State. I enjoyed the visits. Talking to the coaches they basically laid out everything they wanted me to do if I decided to go there. I enjoyed them a lot."

Asked if he is making progress in coming up with a list of favorite colleges, Evans said, "It's getting to that point. These visits are really helping me out with my decision. Once I go out to the West Coast I'll definitely make up my top three at least. In late May after our spring game I'm going to try to go to UCLA, Arizona, USC and a few other schools."

Evans said the visits to various colleges have been informative. "I think it's really important," he said. "I want to be able and make sure that once I take these visits I'll know which schools I want to look at one more time. Taking the visits to the West Coast will help me narrow my options down to the right school for me."

While many talented high school football players compete in track and field or baseball in the spring, the only sport Evans is focused on is football. "I have just been working hard in the weight room and taking care of my studies," he said.

A combination of good size, quickness and all-around athletic ability has made Evans a prospect who is getting plenty of attention from college coaches.

Evans is hoping to add size in the coming months. "I am 6-3, 216 pounds and I want to get into the 220 to 225 range," he said.

A prospect who can play outside linebacker as well as end, he may play both ways for Coach Tim Carter's AHS team, which Evans noted will be rebuilding this year after coming up short in its quest to win the Class 6A state title last year.

Evans noted he isn't exactly sure what his main role will be for his senior season. "I might be on offense, I might be on defense--you never know," he said.

The four-star recruit said that he has been building a relationship with the new Auburn University coaching staff. "I'm getting a pretty good feel for them, but I'm still getting acclimated to the new staff," he pointed out.

"They have been keeping in contact with me and telling me what's going on over there and what they are doing. I have been hearing a lot of good things about them and how practice has been going. Everything is going good."

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