Jacksonville ATH Evans watching Saban closely

Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White athlete Bryan Evans has been closely monitoring any and all developments concerning Nick Saban and his future at LSU.

The 5-11, 177-pound standout cornerback and receiver has had LSU at the top of his list for months and one of the main reasons was the opportunity to play for Saban.


The past week has been extremely difficult for Evans because he feels like he has created a strong bond with the Tigers' head man and the uncertainty is driving him crazy.


"What hurts is the fact that he would not be at LSU," Evans told Tiger Rag. "He has done a lot of things academic wise and athletics wise. I'm not saying they couldn't bounce back but it would be different without him."


Have these latest developments done anything to shake up his favorites?


"I've still got my same top three," he said. "It's still Georgia, LSU and Tennessee. My next visit is to Georgia on the 21st of January and then I have Florida State on the 28th. After that I think I'll be able to come up with a decision."


The general consensus among the media and Tiger fans seems to be that Saban will accept the Miami Dolphins job when it is offered to him.


Does Evans feel the same way?


"Man, I think he is going," he said. "I just have a feeling. I think he would have done told them if he wasn't going to go."


If he did leave for the NFL would that take the Tigers out of the running?


"I'm not sure to tell you the truth," he said. "I guess I'd have to see who stays out of the rest of the coaches on the staff and who they bring in."


Many have speculated on who the next head coach would be if the unthinkable does happen and Evans threw a name out there that has a familiar ring to it.


"The only one out there I could think of would be Butch Davis," he said. "He is probably the best one available."


2004 stats: 47 tackles/5 INTs/427 yards rushing with 3 TDs/343 yards receiving with 2 TDs

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