Winning 59-47 over Missouri in the SEC Championship Game coupled with a loss by Ohio State in the Big 10 title game, Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers have completed one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history and it hasn't gone unnoticed.
Heading for a showdown against No. 1 Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game, Auburn is a team that has continued to climb up the ranks for Evans since early in the season. Looking strongly at Georgia, Alabama, UCLA and others with Auburn always in the mix, the dominating defender says what this group of Tigers has accomplished really shows him all he's been wanting to see.
"It's crazy to see how they have kind of developed over the course of the season," Evans tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They came from being 3-9 and now they have one loss this whole season. To see that in one year, it's crazy how they did it. Gus Malzahn, he just changed the whole dynamics of the whole program and the city of Auburn as well. It's just crazy. I'm excited for them as if I'm playing for them already. Big ups to them. I'm just excited to see how they're going to do in this BCS National Championship."
Following closely as this Auburn team continued to pile up win after win, Evans was in Jordan-Hare Stadium for both big victories over Georgia and Alabama that captured the attention of the entire sports world. Finishing off the run by winning the SEC title and now getting a shot at the big prize, Evans says the complete turnaround on and off the field continues to make an impact on him as he continues to try to come to a decision.
"It just puts the topping on every reason why I should come to Auburn," Evans says. "The players that I have met, they definitely seem like they have bought into the whole thing. Atmosphere-wise it's definitely different from last year. The guys were kind of down and out and so as the city of Auburn. Now everybody is on their feet. Just seeing all that makes me feel good as well being from Auburn. Just to see that happen like that makes me excited for them."
While his senior season ended in disappointment, Evans still has two more games to play before his high school career is done. Before heading to Orlando for the Under Armour All-American Game in early January, Evans will play this week in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Teaming up with Auburn commitments such as Tre Williams, Racean Thomas, Jakell Mitchell, Stephen Roberts and Justin Thornton this week in Montgomery, Evans knows he's going to get a strong push from the future Tigers and he's just planning on enjoying the time.
"Just to get the chance to play with Tre and all the guys, the guys that I have been hearing about and hanging out with in the recruiting process, just getting the chance to play with them is exciting," Evans says. "I'm just ready to play with athletes like that. Going into this thing I'm definitely going to enjoy it. Some of the guys I may end up playing with the next four years. It's definitely going to be exciting."