One of the biggest products left on the market for the 2014 recruiting season, 5-star linebacker Rashaan Evans, is one step closer to making his decision.
The versatile Auburn, Ala., native has set a final three of Alabama, Auburn and UCLA and will make his announcement on Feb. 5, National Signing Day, as reported by Wesley Sinor of AL.com.
Earlier this week, Evans eliminated Georgia from consideration after the departure of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, AL.com's Matt Scalici reported. Evans told Sinor that after Grantham's departure, the Bulldogs fell off his list:
I felt like the three schools that I have right now would be three legitimate schools that I would end up committing to on any given day. With the departure of Todd Grantham, I really wouldn't be pursuing [Georgia] as much and I really don't want to waste their time, nor mine.
Evans will visit Alabama the weekend of Jan. 17 before heading to Auburn the following weekend. He told AL.com that he'll be aiming to find out how each school plans to use him during his time in the program:
I want to get some confirmation as far as how I feel. The whole plan is to get up there and have some fun, but definitely get into the next three or four years and how they're going to develop me and get me to that next level where I want to be.
He also said that he might be heading to Los Angeles for a visit at UCLA on Jan. 31, though that date isn't set in stone.
Evans wouldn't name a leader, only saying that he should have one once he completes his official visits. He also added that the Tigers and the Crimson Tide are recruiting him the hardest. To see Sinor's full video interview with Evans, follow this link.
Evans is the No. 2 outside linebacker and the No. 28 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings. He is currently one of just 10 uncommitted composite 5-stars.
Sinor noted that Evans would fill the "star" linebacker role, a hybrid safety/outside linebacker slot currently filled by Robenson Therezie, at Auburn. If he heads to Tuscaloosa, he will likely take on the "jack" linebacker role, which is more of a rush outside linebacker/defensive end position.
Right as I asked "Which guy do you really want onboard?" Rashaan Evans walks into the interview and all the #Auburn commits start pointing.— Allie Davison (@Allie_Davison) December 31, 2013
'Bama boasts two outside linebacker verbal commitments in its 2014 class: 4-stars Christian Miller and Ronnie Clark. AU doesn't have any outside linebacker verbals in its class but does hold a commitment from 5-star inside linebacker Tre' Williams. UCLA recently picked up an OLB commitment from 4-star Dwight Williams at the Army All-American Bowl.
The Tide rank No. 1 among 2014 classes in the 247Sports composite team rankings, while the Tigers are slotted at No. 7 and the Bruins at No. 18.