Rashaan Evans is the top target left on the Auburn Tigers recruiting board and the 6-3, 220-pound outside linebacker from nearby Auburn high school was granted a fifth star today from 247Sports.
In addition to earning the special status of being called a five-star recruit, Evans jumped all the way up from the No. 44 ranked overall recruit to No. 15 after a standout senior season that came up just short of a state title.
Auburn, UCLA Bruins, Georgia Bulldogs, Ole Miss Rebels and Alabama Crimson Tide are the top five programs jockeying for position to land a player than 247Sports national analyst Barton Simmons calls “a game-changing type defender.”
“He’s a guy that’s as good a pass rusher as anyone in the class,” Simmons tells Kieth Niebuhr of Auburn Undercover. “And for him to play in space the way he can, there is no doubt he had to be among the top 15 or 20 players in the class.”
Evans could be just what Ellis Johnson needs at the Star linebacker position after a senior season that saw Evans rack up 77 tackles with a staggering 43 going for losses and 17.5 sacks.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has headed up the recruitment of Evans with Johnson as his secondary recruiter. Auburn currently has the No. 6 ranked class according to 247Sports and adding Evans surely would bump them into the top four or five.
Their crystal ball feature which I am a part of for writers and recruiting analysts to make predictions on where a recruit will commit reads 93 percent in favor of Auburn. UCLA may be the toughest competition for the talented five-star defender
You can watch Evans on Jan. 2 in the Under Armour All-American game. He has said he plans to take some official visits in January, he’s already taken one to UCLA, which should bode well for the Tigers as Evans nears a final decision.
After being close to committing all fall, Evans is looking like he will decide after one or more officials in January with a chance he pushes his decision all the way to national signing day on Feb. 5.
Whenever he does announce his college, I’m predicting it to be the Auburn Tigers.