Evans Recaps Alabama Visit

Auburn (Ala.) five-star outside linebacker Rashaan Evans visited Alabama this weekend, and is still planning an official visit to Auburn and a possible unofficial to UCLA...

Rashaan Evans has had Alabama on his list from the beginning and the Crimson Tide have recruited the five-star hard for over a year.

It is coming down to the wire for Evans and the Auburn, Ala. native likes a lot about the University of Alabama.

"It was a big visit and it was one of the best visits I have been on," said Evans. "They impressed me with all the talk about how much they need me and how they want to use. I definitely needed this visit and I learned a lot."

One thing Alabama coaches made clear to Evans was just how he would be used in their defense.

Kirby Smart runs the defense there in Tuscaloosa and the top prospect in the state liked what he saw.

"They want to use me at an outside linebacker spot and they really want me to rush the passer since that is one of my biggest strengths. They want me to rush the passer and drop into coverage too since I am the type of player that can do that. I think I could fill that role and kind of change the perception of Alabama's outside linebacker position because of my ability to do both things.

"They are known for being so big and so physical, but I am a little different. I can bring something different and they like that, and I do too."

When it wasn't Smart working on the 6-foot-3, 225 pound phenom, it was Nick Saban.

Saban is known for being business-like and although he and Evans had some laughs, when it came down to it, Saban was serious with one the Tide's top targets.

"Coach Saban was straight up with me about them needing me and wanting me. He really made sure I knew that.

"He said I am the guy they really need for that position and went on to tell me why. He told me to make the best decision for me, but before that to think about some of the goals I really want to achieve, and who could develop me the best for the next level.

"Those things really stood out to me. He is such a smart coach and I listened to everything he had to say."

The next official visit will go to Auburn, the university just a few miles down the road from Evans' home.

Alabama signed a player from that high school a year ago and that 2013 signee was Evans' host this weekend.

"Reuben Foster was being real with me about everything about Alabama," said Evans. "He did not get to play as much as he wanted to, but he feels that was best for him. He got to learn a lot and was real with me.

"He told me Alabama could offer a lot, that they could make me a lot better, and things like that. Reuben was only honest with me, so I got a lot of good information from him about the school and football program."

As Evans left Tuscaloosa and drove back towards his home on Sunday afternoon, he really started to think about all he took in over the weekend.

He entered the weekend with still a few questions about the Crimson Tide, but he now knows exactly how he feels about UA with signing day only two and half weeks away.

"I feel like Alabama can really develop me into the player I want to be," said Evans. "I think they can help me off the field too. They are definitely one of my top schools for me and the word commitment has popped in my head before, and it did again this weekend with Alabama.

"It is going to be a real tough decision for me. All three schools are great schools, but after this visit, I really see what Alabama is all about. I know what it can do for me now and I have a lot to think about."

No school has started to separate from the others just yet. He has taken official visits to Alabama and UCLA now with Auburn up next weekend. "All schools are even still" said Evans. He is looking at signing day as the possible time he makes his decision.

It will be a busy week for the No. 9 overall prospect in the country on Scout.

It starts off with an appearance on Fox Sports South Monday night at 10pm ET where he will give the latest on his recruitment on The New College Football Show: The Next Class.

Then the closers will visit him at his home one by one. Jim Mora on Tuesday, Gus Malzahn on Wednesday, and Nick Saban on Thursday.

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