- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) has never been anywhere near Seattle. So, when asked what he thought about the city in the Northwest, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior started to laugh.
“I think it’s nothing like Auburn,” the outside linebacker said. “Auburn has its own, unique kind of look.”
But while his knowledge of the area consists of conversations with Washington linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and teammate Reuben Foster, Evans is interested in the Huskies.
The interest is mutual, as Washington offered him a scholarship Monday.
“It’s a unique school being up in the Northwest,” Evans said. “They’re not in the SEC, so me going up there, it would be a different look. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how everything works out. Hopefully I’ll be able to take a visit out there to see what they’ve got.”
Growing up in SEC territory, the ESPN Watch List member has piled up offers. But he is open to venturing out of the South if he can find a program that provides a family feeling.
“I really just want to have a good relationship with my coach and go somewhere I feel at home,” Evans said. “I get homesick really bad, so that’s probably two of main things I will be looking at.”
His father, Alan, played football at Auburn, and Evans has a long list of family members who attended the university. But, when he eventually announces his decision, he will select the school that offers the right fit.
“Most of my family, they’re Auburn alumni, so it’s kind of an edge for Auburn just because they’re right here,” Evans said. “But at the same time, my family, they just really want me to go to the school that’s best for me.”
While Evans has plenty of time to weigh his options, Foster is nearing the end of the process. Rated the nation’s No. 24 prospect, Foster is still considering Washington, so the teammates have talked about what it would be like to play for the Huskies.
“He’s talked to me about it,” Evans said. “He’s been telling me he’s really interested in them and stuff like that.”
Foster told Evans that, if he gets the chance, he should take a trip to Seattle.
“It really helps a lot,” Evans said. “He’s been out there, so he can really tell me a lot of things from the perspective of a guy going up there from a small town and then going into a whole different environment.”