LB Prospect Talks About Chizik, Recruiting

Blount High standout Jonathan Evans and his older brother, AU linebacker Chris Evans, talk about Gene Chizik and his effect on recruiting and the Tigers.

Prichard, Ala.--New Auburn coach Gene Chizik hasn't wasted a moment of time since he was introduced as head coach of the Tigers on Monday afternoon.

Since that time he's burned up the roads and airways, visiting as many recruits as possible while also talking to many more on the phone. One of the players who he's spoken with is linebacker commitment Jonathan Evans from Blount High.

The younger brother of Auburn senior linebacker Chris Evans, he says so far he's just trying to get to know Chizik while also keeping his options open with several more schools.

"I talked to him recently," Evans says. "He called me Tuesday night. He seems like a really good guy. He said he was ready for me to get to Auburn so he can get to know me. He said he would come to see me sometime soon.

"I'm still looking at a few other schools," Evans adds. "I have offers from Oklahoma State, Alabama and Florida State. I haven't set up any visits yet, but I'm supposed to go to Oklahoma State sometime next month."

Even though he's hearing from other colleges, Evans is still a Tiger at this point. He says one of the reasons why is the history of Chizik at Auburn and what he's done on defense in his career.

"Yes sir, I'm still committed," Evans says. "Him being a defensive coach means a lot to me. He was a really good defensive coordinator and he said he would give me the chance to fly around and make some plays. That's really good for me."

In addition to talking with Chizik and other schools, Evans also has the luxury of talking with his older brother about colleges and recruiting. Familiar with how things work at Auburn and in major college football in general, Chris Evans says right now his only job is to help whenever he's needed.

"You can't tell him where to go," Evans says. "It has to be a decision he makes. He's the one that has to spend the next four or five years at a program so it has to be suited for him. It's one of those decisions you've got to make as a young man. It shows growth and maturity.

"The only thing I can do is give him advice because I've already been through the process," he adds. "I can offer advice and be a mentor to him."

One of the biggest advantages for the younger Evans is that his brother played for Chizik for one season before he left for Texas. With that knowledge Chris says that he's told his brother all about Auburn's new coach and what he can do for him as a player with the Tigers.

"When I was being recruited I met with Coach Chizik a lot," Evans says. "I told him that he's a great coach, a brilliant defensive coordinator. His schemes are second to none.

"I told him that Coach Chiz would put him in the best situations to make the best athlete out of him," says Chris Evans, who walked on Friday at Auburn's graduation ceremonies picking up a degree in business administration. "He's going to make him a great person on and off the field."

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