Nothing in the recruiting world is a guarantee, and that was evident on National Signing Day as five-star linebacker Rashaan Evans shockingly chose the Alabama Crimson Tide over his hometown Auburn Tigers. The Auburn, AL native was considered to be a lock to play in the orange and blue, and Auburn even felt the same way as they already had Evans’ player profile posted on their roster of the athletic website.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound outside linebacker is rated as the no. 1 overall player at his position in the country, and he becomes the fifth five-star player to sign with the Crimson Tide in their 2014 recruiting class, which also ranks as the top overall class in the nation by far.
This also marks the second year in a row that Alabama has gone into enemy territory and stolen a player from the Tigers. Last year, the Crimson Tide signed Evans’ former high school teammate Reuben Foster, who played sparingly this year as a freshman linebacker for the Tide.
Evans is an elite talent to have on defense and is a perfect fit for not only the Crimson Tide, but for any SEC school. Evans has phenomenal speed and athleticism to play in space and chase down ball carriers, or even to drop back into zone coverage. His instincts when the ball is snapped are something that cannot be taught, and he has the natural ability to step up with big plays in key situations.
Alabama’s 2014 recruiting class continues to show their dominance in the recruiting world as they finished up with 26 total signees, including eight early enrollees already on campus in Tuscaloosa. Even though the Crimson Tide may not have won the national title this year or even the SEC title for that matter, their dominance in recruiting is evident. As long as they continue to reel in players like Evans, they will continue to be a great program for a long time.
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