Monday, April 15, 2013
LB Evans talks visits, Atlanta NFTC
By Greg Ostendorf
BUFORD, Ga. -- Before Saturday, Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) had flown a bit under the radar. The ESPN Watch List linebacker has close to 30 scholarship offers, but his name doesn’t come up in the national conversation about the other elite linebackers.
That might change after Saturday's Atlanta NFTC. Evans turned heads with his performance, and even he was surprised with how well he did.
“It went real good,” he said. “I definitely made some improvements on being out in the open. I really didn’t know I was going to do this good, to be honest with you. Really I’m just working on my feet and hands. If I get those two down, I’ll be pretty good.”
Evans has been taking visits this spring to interested schools, looking to narrow his list. His two most recent visits were Florida State and Georgia.
“[Florida State] went pretty good,” he said. “I definitely like the campus. It’s pretty laid back. I also got to talk to the coaches, got to talk to the head coach. He was just telling me that we need you. That’s pretty much what they said. I will definitely take that into consideration.”
The coaches compared the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Evans to Florida State linebacker Christian Jones, the Seminoles’ leading tackler from a year ago.
More recently, Evans made a trip to Georgia to check in on the Bulldogs.
“It went real good,” he said. “I got to talk to Coach [Todd] Grantham. I actually got to spend a lot of time with him. We watched some film. He told me the certain position I’d be playing on the field if I went there. He really just gave me the whole layout on everything.”
The UGA coaches also promised him the No. 4 jersey if he chooses to go to school there.
This weekend, Evans is deciding which spring game to attend but says he’s leaning towards another trip to Tennessee. Before he trims his list, the Alabama native would like to take a trip out West first.
“I’m still open,” Evans said. “I probably won’t know until I take these few visits on the West Coast. I’m definitely trying to get out to UCLA, probably USC and Arizona. I’m trying to go right after my spring game on May 17th.”
Evans will return to the West Coast this summer for The Opening, as he was one of six recruits from the Atlanta NFTC who received an invitation to the nation’s premier camp, held in Beaverton, Ore.