Evans Gives Auburn the Edge

Rashaan Evans was back at Auburn Saturday and he again witnessed an exciting finish that went the Tigers way. This season has put the Tigers back in contention...

A year ago at this time, Rashaan Evans was leaning towards leaving his hometown and not thinking much about being an Auburn Tiger.

After Saturday, the Tigers are trending for the 6-foot-3, 220 pound senior.

"This season for Auburn has made a huge difference," said Evans. "Last year, I wasn't really considering Auburn, but I would probably give Auburn the edge now. This season has really changed things."

Auburn finished the season 11-1 under new coach Gus Malzahn and Evans likes what he sees.

"I wanted to see how the new coaches were, how the players like the coaches, how the team reacted to the coaches, and things like that. All looks great and that is why Auburn is up there for me now.

"Things have really changed for me and Auburn and they really made up for last season. I evaluated Auburn this season and they are now up high on my list."

Evans made it clear to Scout that even though Auburn had the edge that other schools were still right there.

"All the schools are still even really. I have been to back-to-back Auburn games where they beat Georgia on a last second pass and then beat Alabama on a crazy return, so I am still on an emotional high right now.

"Georgia, Alabama, and UCLA are still up there for me too. This season is big for Auburn and it does help them, but I like the others a lot too."

Did the win over Alabama and the overall play of Auburn this season put commitment in Evans' mind this weekend?

"I am getting closer I think," said Evans. "It could happen before the dead period (December 16) or it could happen after I take some official visits in January.

"I am getting closer, but I do not know when yet. I just have to be sure of my decision. I am not ready today, but it could happen at any time."

UCLA is scheduled to visit the five-star outside linebacker out of Auburn, Ala. Wednesday and his other finalists will see him soon too.

He is not ruling out dropping a school or two in the near future.

"I may keep all four schools or I may drop one or two. I am still evaluating the schools and all four are coming hard.

"I had a long talk with Georgia Friday, I hear from all four schools often, and I still have a lot of thinking to do."

Auburn will play Hoover in the state championship game Friday night.

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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