Saban wants Jacksonville CB Evans to be a Tiger

Nick Saban has gone out of his way to let Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White cornerback Bryan Evans know just how bad he wants him to be a Tiger.

Head coaches normally do not call many recruits this time of the year because they are spending so much time preparing their teams for Saturday contests. So, when the head man calls you on a weekly basis you know you are ranked pretty high on his totem pole.

"The last two or three weeks I have talked to coach Saban," Evans told Tiger Rag. "I've also talked to coach (Kirby) Smart over the last month. I stay in touch with them pretty regular."

Evans (5-11, 177, 4.45) is rated the fifth best cornerback in the land by and with LSU losing its two starting corners (Corey Webster and Travis Daniels) after this season there is a glaring need for someone who can excel in man-to-man coverage.

Playing man coverage is something Evans thrives in and opposing teams are starting to realize it to. Four games into his senior campaign he has three interceptions with two returned for scores and 27 tackles.

The standout cornerback is close to settling on his five official visits with two already decided on and three still up in the air.

"The two I have in mind for sure is LSU and Tennessee," Evans said. "I am also thinking about Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Maryland, Michigan and West Virginia for the other three. The schools that stand out the most are LSU, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee."

The one team missing that Evans never mentioned and that may come as a surprise to many is the hometown Miami Hurricanes.

"They really don't call and are not recruiting me so I'm not worried about Miami," he said.

Evans will get to see the Tigers in action this weekend when he takes an unofficial visit to Florida for the big matchup in the Swamp. He said he is looking forward to the contest and the opportunity to see LSU's defense first hand.

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