Evans Building Stronger Bond With Auburn

Talented four-star prospect Rashaan Evans from Auburn High discusses his meeting with the Auburn coaches, handling the recruiting process, becoming a leader, and much more.

Auburn, Ala.—With spring practice wrapping up Thursday night with a game at Stanhope-Elmore in Millbrook, four-star prospect Rashaan Evans will once again have the opportunity to show college coaches what he can do on the field. Already with offers from just about every top program in the country, the 6-3, 220-pounder is gearing up for a busy summer that will feature an appearance at The Opening in Oregon before he begins to narrow down his list heading into the 2013 season.

One of the schools that Evans continues to take a long look at is the Auburn Tigers. The son of former Auburn running back signee Alan Evans, he has made several trips to the campus to get to know Gus Malzahn and the new coaching staff.

That continued recently as Evans, along with his parents, visited the Auburn campus to meet with the coaches and have dinner. Getting to sit down and talk about more than football with them, Evans notes it was a great day all the way around.

"It was actually really, really nice for me," Evans tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I actually got to talk to them, not so much on a football level, but on a personal level. I got to meet their wives and it gave me more of a different perspective. It wasn't just about them coaching me, but about knowing me as a player and person. They talked to me about different situations like injuries and everything that could possibly happen if I were to go there.

"My mom and dad were there too," he adds. "That's one of the big things they wanted is they wanted my mom to get there. For some reason in this recruiting process she hasn't really been out there. She wants to wait until I have an actual top three or something like that. When she came up there to talk to the coaches they were really excited about that."

Rashaan Evans

Following his camp visit in June, Evans will begin to get to work on narrowing down his list with the idea of making a decision sometime just before his senior season or during the year. He says that he's excited about starting that process, but right now he wants to just enjoy things.

"I'm just trying to stay healthy," Evans says. "I have a lot of things coming up so I'm going to try to get prepared for that. My mindset and my goal is to just get better."

Having a father that has gone through the recruiting process to lean on as well as getting to watch good friend Reuben Foster deal with everything last season, Evans says it has given him a good perspective of how to handle the craziness surrounding being one of the nation's top prospects.

"It has been real beneficial," Evans says. "It has made me be more patient and learn not to rush things. It has really taught me to step back and watch things and see how they play out. My dad always gives me tips and tells me what things to watch out for and questions I need to ask. Just watching Reuben, he was a highly recruited player. Just seeing the things he went through it really helped me out going into my senior season."

With Foster no longer running the Tigers' defense, that job has turned to Evans along with fellow upcoming seniors such as Darian Yancey, Antreal Allen, Blaise Taylor, and twins Delwyn Torbert and Selwyn Torbert. No longer the young kid people singled out as the next big thing, the talented pass rusher says it's time for him to become a leader and he's ready for the challenge.

"It has been pretty different actually having to step up in more of a leadership role," Evans says. "It has definitely changed me over to a more mature side of myself. I'm trying to be more vocal than I was last year. I'm going to be a senior so I'm just trying to lead by example."

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