A Legit Contender for Evans

Rashaan Evans didn't know how he would feel across the country in California for the first time when he visited UCLA last weekend, but he felt great and the Bruins are a legit contender in this race...

Some wondered if Rashaan Evans may be just listing UCLA because he wants to take a free trip to L.A.

Well he got the free trip, but it ended up being much more than just a time that Evans could see a different part of the country.

"It was amazing," said Evans. "The campus, the coaches, the players, and everything was amazing. It was my first time to California and I did not know how I would fit in there at UCLA, but I actually felt at home. It was great out there."

Evans planned to visit UCLA unofficially over the summer, but that didn't work out. He scheduled the official visit fairly early to really see if the Bruins should be on his short list and it showed it belonged.

"They showed me so much love out there. It was great to finally meet the coaches face to face and just see how genuine they were with me. I have talked to Coach [Jeff] Ulbrich (Linebackers) and Coach [Jim] Mora (Head coach) on the phone a lot, but being around them in person was even better.

"They talked to me the right way, I was treated so well by everyone there, and I don't think it could have went any better. It is easier to trust someone when talking to them in person and that was a great part of the visit too."

Of course the UCLA coaches brought up their superstar Anthony Barr who is known for terrorizing quarterbacks off the edge and Evans could slide right in once Barr goes high in the NFL Draft in the near future.

"Oh year, they definitely talked about Anthony, how we are similar, how I could get early playing time, and things like that. It is nice to see him doing so well and know that I could play a similar role there if I chose UCLA. Playing time and having a chance to start right away is one thing they are really selling me on right now."

Evans is explosive off the edge.
It appears that the Bruins pushed all the right buttons over the weekend. Not only did everything impress the 6-foot-3, 220 pound athlete out of Auburn, Ala., but the mom was surprised in a good way too.

"To be honest, my mom didn't know about me going over to California and all that, but she feels good about UCLA now," said Evans. "My mom and dad were there with me and they liked it like I did. Things could get real interesting now."

If the visit wouldn't have gone well, Evans likely was going to drop the Bruins and narrow his list down to three schools.

Now, UCLA is right there with Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia.

"It is so close now. This is going to be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. Distance was a question I had about UCLA, but not anymore. I know they will take care of me there, I felt good there, and I like the people there. This visit made things tougher for me."

The first official visit is done for the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country and he knows Georgia will be his final official visit early in December. He plans to visit Alabama and Auburn between now and then.

Evans plans to make his decision shortly after his final visit.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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