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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Saban checks in on Watch List LB Evans

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban was in Auburn, Ala., on Wednesday along with defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. The two made a stop at Auburn High School to see ESPN 150 linebacker Reuben Foster.

However, Foster wasn’t the only recruit they made the trip for. They also checked in on ESPN Watch List linebacker Rashaan Evans, one of the top 2014 prospects in the state.

“It was fun,” Evans said. “They couldn’t have a real conversation with me, but [Saban] was just letting me know that he was wanting to come by and say what’s up. He just told me he was interested in me and to make sure I come down for their junior day.”

Although he grew up in Auburn and his father played for the rival Tigers, Evans said Alabama is definitely a possibility.

“It’s because of their organization,” he said. “It’s real structured, so if I go there, it will make me the best player I can be.”

As for Foster, his teammate and one of the most coveted recruits still on the board, Evans doesn’t know where he’s going to go.

“He’s just been telling me the same thing,” Evans said. “He still hasn’t decided where he’s really wanting to go. He’s still getting out there and trying to visit some schools. He’s just trying to make sure whatever decision he makes is going to be the right one.

“Kirby’s been going over there on and off, so I don’t know. Alabama may swing him over there.”

Both Saban and Smart were expected to make their in-home visit with Foster on Wednesday night, and the former Tide commitment will take his official visit to UA this weekend.

Auburn might be losing ground with Foster, but the new staff has already reached out to Evans. The 2014 prospect said new AU head coach Gus Malzahn came by the school on Monday and officially offered him a scholarship.

Evans has also been invited to attend junior days at both Clemson and Georgia Tech.