Last night, one of the top 200 recruits in the country, Rashaan Evans, named their top five, as well as a team that was just barely on the outside looking in. Evans just missed the cut in our FanSided150 rankings, but he is easily one of the top prospects in the nation and is ranked by Rivals.com as the 163rd-best prospect overall. According to Rivals.com, Evans named a top five, in order, of the Georgia Bulldogs, UCLA Bruins, Tennessee Volunteers, Florida State Seminoles, and Auburn Tigers. Where were the Alabama Crimson Tide? Evans said that they are just barely outside of the top five but are basically right there with rival Auburn.
Evans will be taking a tour of elite Pac-12 programs on the left coast in the Oregon Ducks, USC Trojans, and UCLA. It was interesting to see that the Bruins made his top five, as all of the other schools are elite programs in the southeast region. But UCLA has been recruiting Rashaan Evans extremely hard, and they are far up on his list. Evans said that even though he lives near Auburn, they aren’t on top. It is obvious that Evans factors in more than location, because UCLA is second on the top five list.
I have a feeling this top five will be very fluid for the four-star outside linebacker who stars at Auburn High in Auburn, Alabama, because those visits to USC and Oregon could swing things. Schools like Alabama and Auburn will also look to improve their stock, especially since one of the top ten recruits in the state is at stake. Both schools have done an excellent job of recruiting in-state talent, so we’ll see if Alabama can get themselves back on the list.
The 6’3″, 218 pound OLB has 4.5 wheels and is widely ranked as one of the top ten outside linebacker prospects in the country, so Evans will continue to be pursued hard by schools like Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, and others in and outside of his top five alike. Things can change quickly, so we’ll see where the big, athletic star OLB visits and what he thinks of that program.
It is huge for those schools to be in the four-star OLB’s top five, but Auburn and Alabama would definitely like to improve their standings in his recruitment as in-state schools. Auburn has the leg-up due to location and did indeed actually make his top five, but Alabama is always a tough team to beat out. But, for now, four schools are higher than them, and Georgia is in the lead.