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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ESPN 300 LB Evans reconsidering Bama

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When ESPN 300 linebacker Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) put out his top five last month, Alabama was nowhere to be found. That could change after a visit to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday.

“The trip went real good,” he said. “I actually got to sit down and talk to Nick Saban once again. He laid out a plan of how they want to use me as far as how I could fit in to and contribute to their team if I were to come there.

“He talked about development and my body size -- that’s one of the key things going into Alabama. They really like their guys pretty big. He said if I wanted to go there, I had to buy into their system. I had to be ready and I had to be committed to what they were trying to put out there for me to learn.”

On his trip, Evans measured in at 6-foot-2, 217 pounds. He sat down with UA defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who drew up some plays for him at the Jack linebacker spot.

The outside linebacker position is beginning to fill up for Alabama in the 2014 class. On Tuesday, the Tide picked up a commitment from former Mississippi State pledge Keith Holcombe, and last week they added ESPN 150 star Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley). But Evans still believes he has a spot with the Tide and isn’t worried about competition.

“I don’t really get fazed about who commits to Alabama,” he said. “At any college, you’re going to have to compete, so that really doesn’t faze me at all. If I were to commit to them, I’m going to have to do my job. They’re going to play the best players.”

After spending the day in Tuscaloosa, Evans returned home. He plans to put out a new list of finalists on Wednesday. Last month, it was Georgia, UCLA, Tennessee, Florida State and Auburn at the top, but he says it could be anywhere between two and five schools that make up his top group this time.

The ESPN 300 star, ranked No. 9 in the state of Alabama, wants to make his decision during his senior season but admits it could happen at any time.

“The way things are going right now, any time I could trigger the commitment,” Evans said. “If I feel good about it, I can pull it at any time.”

Practice begins next week for Evans and Auburn High School, but he still wants to visit Georgia and UCLA before the season opener. He’s also tentatively planned a return trip to Alabama for the Colorado State game in September.