Auburn football recruiting notebook: Tigers make final push for linebacker Rashaan Evans

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 2, 2014 

Auburn High School (Ala.) linebacker Rashaan Evans

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AUBURN, Ala. — National signing day is just three days away.

So it should come as no surprise that Auburn's coaching staff was hard at work this weekend, making the most of the limited time it has left to recruit 2014 prospects.

And no player was given more attention than the Tigers' top remaining target, local product Rashaan Evans. According to multiple reports, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and multiple members of his staff visited with the Auburn High School linebacker on Saturday night at a birthday for Evans' grandfather. They weren't the only coaching staff in attendance, however, as Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and other members of the Crimson Tide's staff were on hand as well.

Saturday marked the final opportunity coaches were permitted to have contact with 2014 prospects prior to Wednesday's signing day.

Auburn and Alabama are two of the finalists for Evans along with UCLA. Evans, who stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 220 pounds, is the consensus top linebacker prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports.

He is set to announce where he will sign on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET in a press conference at Auburn High School.

Williams takes final official visit

While the Tigers were doing their best to convince Evans to stay in town, one of their other top targets was taking his final official visit to an SEC rival.

Andrew Williams, a four-star defensive end prospect from Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, visited with Georgia coach Mark Richt on Saturday. This came one day after new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and assistant Tracy Rocker met with Williams at school.

Though he took trip to Athens, his high school coach doesn't think it will sway Williams away from his two leaders, Auburn and Clemson.

"I think he’s just looking,” Jonathan Gess told the AJC. “A lot of times, these kids don’t want to tell anybody ‘No.’ I think Andrew knows he wants to go to Auburn or Clemson, but his daddy wants him to go to Georgia and hear out the new DC and Coach Rocker. It’s one of those things where if you go to Georgia and you’re not swayed, then you really do know you have the right final two schools with Auburn and Clemson. If they do swing you, then maybe you didn’t have the right schools.”

Williams will make his decision on Wednesday in a ceremony at 9:45 a.m. ET.

Tigers in the running for top safety prospect

Steven Parker wasn't expecting his trip to Auburn on Saturday — an official visit for the four-star safety from Oklahoma — would mean all that much.

According to multiple published reports, he came away impressed enough that the Tigers have emerged as one of his three finalists along with the home state Sooners along with Texas A&M. Parker officially visited Oklahoma on Jan. 17.

He will make his choice Tuesday and then sign with his new school Wednesday.

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