Tigers High On The List For Evans

Talented four-star prospect Rashaan Evans gives his thoughts on the 7-1 start for the Auburn Tigers, updates his recruiting and talks about the win over rival Opelika.

Auburn, Ala.--While there is still plenty left for Auburn High standout Rashaan Evans to accomplish before his time is done with the Tigers, he's already established himself as one of the top players in school history. Whether it's causing havoc on defense or making plays on the offensive side of the ball, the four-star recruit has done it all this season for coach Tim Carter's club.

That's one of the many reasons why Evans is one of the biggest names in the country still on the recruiting board with schools from all over hoping to get a visit between now and signing day. Having already visited UCLA, Evans says that he's already narrowed his list down to a final five and will be making visits to Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to see which school rises to the top.

"Those will be the five schools I'll be looking at," Evans told Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Auburn will probably be late."

Planning to visit Auburn last in the process is not surprising considering Evans grew up close to the campus and is very familiar with the Tigers.

This season has been a little different for both Evans and Auburn however as a new coaching staff coming in meant he had to rebuild relationships starting with Gus Malzahn and moving to Ellis Johnson and Charlie Harbison on the defensive side of the ball.

Making several trips during the spring and summer to sit down with the staff and get a feel for what they hoped to accomplish not only this season, but with the direction of the program, Evans said that seeing the production on the field and how Auburn has responded has him very high on the Tigers at the moment.

"I have definitely been impressed," Evans said. "They have definitely come through. Every time I talk with coach Malzahn he has told me they were going to get their edge back and that's what he did. It's impressing me. Auburn has been high on my board and they're high now. I'm going to keep looking at them and see how they do, but pretty much they are high right now."

Before he turns his full attention to the recruiting process, Evans and the Tigers have some work still left unfinished. Losing just one regular season game each of the last three years, Auburn takes on East Limestone this weekend to keep that streak intact. After that it's playoff time with the hopes of making a deep run at the 6A title.

Evans runs the ball out of the wildcat for the Auburn offense

Last Friday night another piece of the puzzle fell into place for Auburn as it defeated rival Opelika 21-14 on the road. Combine that with a Smiths Station loss to Central-Phenix City and it gave the Tigers the region title. As his senior season begins to wind down Evans said it was a special moment for he and his teammates.

"It's just amazing, playing against my rival for my senior year, this could be the last time I play them," Evans said of the win at Opelika. "Just playing there was kind of serene moment. After the win I was like ‘it's finally coming to an end'. I just took advantage of it and enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun.

"Just a rivalry like this is what we live for," Evans said. "Athletes like this on both sides of the ball. It just runs deep in this area, not just for high school football, but the whole city and area. Playing with all these athletes just made it so fun."

With one of the biggest decisions of his young life in front of him in the coming months Evans said it has been an experience he will never forget. Forcing friendships along with way with both players and coaches, he added that while it's a very difficult thing to do it's also very humbling to be in his position.

"It has been rough, but it has also been amazing," Evans said. "It's kind of bittersweet. I'm definitely enjoying the whole process. I'm going to take it slow, but it has just been amazing. It's definitely something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

In nine games this season Evans has 46 tackles and an incredible 19 sacks from his defensive end position while forcing three fumbles. He has also added five rushing touchdowns on offense.

A versatile defensive player, Evans could get a look at the 'star' position for the Tigers and at the next level could be a true safety, linebacker or even defensive end.

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