Evans Honored By Under Armour Selection

Talented defender Rashaan Evans talks about his selection for the Under Armour Game and updates his recruiting.

Auburn, Ala.--Like most high school football players in this day and age, Auburn High standout Rashaan Evans grew up watching the Under Armour All-American Game and dreaming of one day being on that stage. On Tuesday that dream became a reality as the standout defender was presented his jersey at a ceremony in front of family, friends and teammates.

"It's real cool," Evans says. "I know when I was growing up and watching some of the other classes in the game I always thought ‘I want to be there'. It's kind of crazy that I'm going to get a chance to play in the same game I have always wanted to play in. I'm still trying to take it all in, but I'm definitely happy about it.

"It's kind of icing on the cake for me," he adds. "It just lets everybody know the type of work I have been doing and that hard work pays off. I'm definitely honored to get this selection because of a lot of kids don't have the chance to actually take part in this type of event. I'm definitely excited about it and I'm going to take every advantage of it."

At 6-3, 218, Evans is a dominating defender for coach Tim Carter and the Auburn Tigers. Already with 17 sacks in the regular season in addition to give offensive touchdowns in part-time duty on that side of the ball, Carter says not only is he very deserving of the honor of being an All-American because of his talent, but also because of the work ethic he brings to the table every day.

"He's always done a little bit extra and I think that's why he's in the position that he is," Carter says. "He's a great talent, but he's also a really hard worker. He plays that way. If you ever watch him play in a game he doesn't take plays off. You almost have to treat him for exhaustion after the game because of all the different roles he plays. He wants to be out there as many snaps as he can be. That says a lot about him."

The son of former Auburn running back Alan Evans, Rashaan has a mentor that has gone through the tough times of recruiting and someone that has been on the level he's shooting for. Achieving one of his goals and on the verge of another when he commits to play college football, Alan Evans says he couldn't be prouder of his son for what he's done and how he's handled things.

"It's a huge honor for Rashaan," his father says. "He's worked hard all his life. He's been playing football since the second grade. He's starting to see some of his goals come to fruition. It has been a tough road for him, but I think it's well-deserved for him to be an All-American. It's huge for the school and for the community.

"I'm very proud of the way he's handled the whole recruiting process," he adds. "It has gotten tough at times, but he's kept everything at a minimum as far as being able to handle the pressure. I really take my hat off to him because he was able to narrow it down to four schools and it's a neck-and-neck race right now. I really commend him on handling that."

Evans and his family

Playing in the game along with Auburn commitments Tre Williams and Racean Thomas with Alabama commitments such as Josh Casher, Stephen Roberts and Ronnie  Clark also playing in the contest, Evans says it will be great to get to be on the field with those guys and also top talent from across the country.

"It's going to be real fun," Evans says. "Playing with all the guys, I have definitely heard about a lot of them and the type of athletes they are. Just to play with them will be real fun. I'm definitely going to enjoy that."

Currently one of the top uncommitted players in the country, Evans has offers from across the country, but has narrowed things down a solid four schools at the moment. Originally planning to visit Tennessee this weekend for the Auburn game, Evans says right the Vols are on the outside of his top group. Instead he says he plans to visit one of the country's biggest games this weekend in Tuscaloosa.

"I actually changed it," Evans says. "I'm actually going to Alabama to see them play LSU. It's an unofficial visit."

Planning to take official visits to Auburn, Alabama and Georgia following his senior season, having already visited UCLA, Evans says he has no plans to make a decision anytime soon and could wait until the Under Armour Game, but he can't rule out making the call if he feels it's the right time.

"I could do it pretty much anytime," Evans says. "It's just whenever the moment strikes me."

The game will take place at 3 p.m. Central on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.


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