- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
AUBURN, Ala. -- Rashaan Evans grew up in Auburn. His father played at Auburn with Bo Jackson. His mother, sister, aunt and two uncles all went to Auburn. Needless to say, there’s not a love for the University of Alabama in his family.
However, that didn’t stop the Crimson Tide from offering a scholarship to the 2014 defensive end earlier this week.
“They said they were very interested and looking forward to me coming up there to see the campus and stuff like that,” Evans said.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect already has close to 10 offers, including Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and LSU, but the Alabama offer still caught his eye, regardless of where he grew up.
“It is a big deal,” Evans said. “That’s a big-time team. Just to get an offer from there, that displays all the hard work I’ve been putting in. I’m going to continue to keep working hard, trying to get more offers, but that’s a big deal.”
Evans wants to visit Tuscaloosa later this fall, possibly for the Iron Bowl, but he might not tell his whole family.
“They’ll probably not talk with me for about a week, but they’ll get over it,” he said with a laugh.
In the end, Evans knows his family will support his decision 100 percent no matter where he chooses to go to college, whether that be Alabama, Auburn or another school.
“They really want me to make a good decision with what college I want to go to,” he said. “Wherever I want to go, they’ll respect that. Regardless of what college I choose, they’ll respect it.”
Evans also picked up an offer from North Carolina this week, but he says Auburn and Florida State are the two schools that are recruiting him the hardest right now. He also believes he may be close to receiving an offer from Florida.
On Friday night, he’ll have the opportunity to showcase his ability to the nation as Auburn High School is set to host Carver High School on ESPNU. The game can be watched live here.
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