Brother of AU Player a LB Prospect, Too

Blount High linebacker Jonathan Evans talks recruiting and about learning from older brother Chris Evans

Mobile, Ala.--Being the younger brother of a SEC player is never easy to live up to, but being the younger brother of current Auburn linebacker Chris Evans was a lot more fun this season for senior to be Jonathan Evans of Blount High.

Watching as his older brother became a vital part of the Auburn defense for the first time after playing in a backup role his first two seasons, Evans says that he can't imagine trying to play the game without the help he's gotten from his brother over the years and he's happy it has paid off for both.

"I have learned a lot from him like how to fight off blocks," Evans says. "We work out together. We do a lot together. It was great to see him out there on the field doing his thing. I had to give him a hand, applaud him after that. He stepped up this year."

Measuring in a 5-11, 203 pounds at Sunday's UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Mobile, Evans has the speed and agility to become a force on the next level and is already doing a good job of that following in his brother's footsteps at Blount.

Running a 4.8 second 40-yard dash time on a very cold and windy day in Mobile, Evans says his best time is 4.5 seconds at Auburn's camp last summer. While he didn't test as well as he had hoped, like most everyone on the day, overall he was pleased with his day measuring himself against some of the South's top players.

"I think everything went pretty good," Evans says. "The weather was kind of cold, but you had to work through it and work hard. It was a lot of fun."

Heading into his fourth season as a starter for the Leopards, Evans says he's already hearing from several schools and not surprisingly one school is prominent in his mind at this point in the process.

"I'm hearing from Auburn, Kentucky and Mississippi State," Evans says. "With Chris up there it puts Auburn in pretty good shape. I have learned a lot since he's been there. I have been able to talk to the coaches."

One of the top linebackers in Alabama for next season, Evans says that while he's got the physical tools to get the job done, he considers himself a thinker on the field and that translates to making more plays. He hopes than translates into following in his brother's footsteps down the road.

"My mind is the strength of my game," Evans says. "You just have to think things through and make the play. I think me and Chris are similar in that respect. He likes the game as much as I do. We have the same goals and try to take it one step at a time and make the tackle."


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