Oh, Brother: Speedy Linebacker Picks Auburn

This talented linebacker from the Mobile area became Auburn's 11th commitment on Monday.

Prichard, Ala.--A standout linebacker with strong bloodlines got an offer from the Auburn Tigers on Monday and didn't take long to make up his mind as he gave his commitment to become a Tiger after talking things over with his family.

Talented Jonathan Evans, the younger brother of current Auburn linebacker Chris Evans, says that he knew right away when the offer came from Auburn that he wanted to be a Tiger.

"I'm going to let Coach (James) Willis know tonight," Evans tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's just a great atmosphere and a great place to play football at. To be able to play there after my brother is great. I've got some big shoes to fill."

Choosing the Tigers over offers from Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, UAB and receiving strong interest from Clemson, Oklahoma State and several others, Evans says that he knew if an Auburn offer came his mind would be made up.

One of the top linebackers in a deep field at the position this year, Evans is projected to play on the outside on the next level. With Auburn graduating his older brother as well as Merrill Johnson and Courtney Harden from the position after this season, Evans says he's not surprised the offer came, but it was still a surprise that it happened more than a half of year prior to signing day.

"It was kind of out of the blue," Evans says. "It felt really good to get that one. It means a lot to me."

Evans is a physical player who makes plays from sideline to sideline.

A frequent visitor to Auburn where he attended the Scout.com Southeast Elite Camp this spring, Evans says he has a very good idea of what to expect at Auburn and that is comforting as it allowed him to get his decision out of the way and concentrate on his senior season.

"I know a lot about Auburn because I'm up there a lot spending time with my brother," he says. "I have met all the coaches. I've gotten a good look around the campus and I know where everything is. I'm just comfortable there."

Soon to be a four-year starter for the Leopards, Evans made 104 tackles as a junior with 10 forced fumbles, five sacks and two interceptions. The 6-0, 211 Evans is a bigger version of his older brother and plays with the same tenacity and instincts from his linebacker position. Recently clocking in at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, he says those are things learned from watching his brother in action.

"I think my instincts are my strength as a player," Evans says. "I've also learned a lot from my brothers. When he comes home we work out together. We go through a lot together."

Evans says he's leaving for a camp at Southern Miss on Tuesday and has both Auburn and Alabama camps coming up this summer.

Click here for the full list of Auburn commitments for the class of 2009.

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