- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN Watch List linebacker Rashaan Evans is from Auburn, Ala. His father played for Auburn University. Most of his family pull for the Tigers in the fall, but that didn’t stop him from visiting the University of Alabama on Saturday.
It was his first trip to Tuscaloosa since he was a freshman.
“Everything went pretty good,” Evans said. “When I got up there, I walked through the facilities again. Just seeing that, it was exciting. I got to walk through weight room. They showed me the training facilities. Overall with what I saw, I was very impressed.”
Evans also got to see a pretty good game as the Crimson Tide hosted an undefeated Mississippi State team, ranked No. 11 coming in.
“It was crazy,” he said. “Mississippi State, they were undefeated. That was a big game for them. Seeing that and seeing the fans and stuff like that, it was pretty fun.
“I think [Alabama] played good. I think they played real good. I was checking out the linebackers before the game, how they warmed up. Overall, they did pretty good. I enjoyed watching them.”
During his visit, Evans talked with UA head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who were both excited he made the trip. The in-state junior also saw ESPN 150 stars Montravius Adams and Dee Liner while he was in town.
Afterwards, both Evans and his father noticed a major difference between the Tide’s program and the Auburn program.
“At Alabama, the difference is how they handle things,” Evans said. “I can’t really explain it. When I went to Alabama, they were on the edge a little bit, because it was a big game. From what I see, they were real serious about everything.
“That’s a good thing. It tells me they’re focused and disciplined. That’s what I like about that. They’re no nonsense.”
Next weekend, Evans wants to visit Baton Rouge, La., for the LSU-Alabama game, but he’s already planning his next trip back to Tuscaloosa.
“I’m definitely going to try and go to the Iron Bowl game,” he said. “That’s one I’ve got circled on my schedule to go to. I’ll probably go to the Texas A&M game as well.”
On Friday night, Evans recorded a handful of tackles and two sacks to help Auburn High School knock off Opelika, its close rival.
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