Five-Star's Dad Impressed By AU Visit

A report on five-star football prospect Rashaan Evans features comments from his father, who spent plenty of time on the AU campus with his son.

Auburn, Ala.--Alan Evans, a former Auburn University running back and the father of five-star recruit Rashaan Evans, said his son's official visit to check out Gus Malzahn's program went very well.

"I feel a lot better, I really do," he said of how his son would fit in Auburn's defensive scheme.

The Tigers are recruiting the Auburn High School senior to play the "star" rover position, which calls for an athletic player who has the ability to be a primary run stopped while also being effective in pass coverage.

"We had an opportunity to really break down exactly how they are going to utilize him," Evans said. "They haven't done a lot of blitzing from the star position.

"They said if they had a guy like Rashaan they could open up another facet of their defense, which they have not done, and incorporate the star position blitzing from the edge. That is what they want to do with Rashaan if they have a player like him who can blitz the quarterback."

The senior plans to take one more visit before announcing his decision at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5th (national signing day) at Auburn High School. He is scheduled to make a return trip to UCLA this week for an unofficial visit after taking his official visit to the Pac-12 school last fall. A week ago he finished his other official visit to Alabama.

Alan Evans said that on the visit to Auburn his son got plenty of individual attention from the head coach. "It was very hands-on," he said. "He drove Rashaan and me around in his truck all weekend. We had an opportunity to build a good relationship, a good bond with him.

"I really have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Malzahn on where he is headed, and where his program is headed," added Evans, whose wife also spent a lot of time over the weekend talking with Auburn's coaches.

"I?think this whole situation is going to boil down to Rashaan trying to figure out what system he best fits. I think that is what it is going to come down to," the prospect's father said.

Commenting on how Rashaan's visit to Alabama went, Evans said, "According to what Nick Saban (Alabama's head coach) talked to us about, they are bringing Rashaan in to compete. They said if he is good enough, and if he is ready and can beat out the guy who is ahead of him, he will start.

"They are expecting Rashaan to come in and develop as a freshman," he added. "They are planning to keep him over there with the first and second string defense his freshman year. He would definitely not be a candidate for redshirt. He would definitely not be a candidate the scout team."

Evans, who played both defense and offense last season, helped Auburn High reach the Class 6A state championship Game as a senior. AHS fell to Hoover in the title game.

Rashaan Evans is shown at a practice for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Alan Evans said the "whole community" of Auburn wants his son to play his college football for Malzahn's Tigers. "He is trying to handle that pressure part of it," Evans said. "We are trying to get past that and make a good, concrete decision on where he wants to go. That is what we plan to do over the next week or so. We will take the facts that we learned today and discuss it and try to come up with a decision."

"Basically, the number one thing I wanted to know was their vision for him and their plans for him," he said of Auburn. "Do they want him to come in and not contribute his freshman year and kind of develop or are they asking him to come in and be the man?

"What Gus has told me they want Rashaan to come in and be the man. They want him to come in ready this fall to compete for the starting job. That tells me they really, really need Rashaan to compete and compete for that starting position.

"They told me they have plans to possibly move (Robenson) Therezie back to either corner or safety. Depending on Justin Garrett, where his health is, they may decide to move him inside so Rashaan can come in as a freshman and really have an opportunity to compete with the rest of the guys. To me that was huge."

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